Before You Return
Before returning back to the United States be sure to close out and finalize all necessary items while in country. This could be things such as:
- Closing out your international bank account
- Ending service for a cell phone
- Alerting your housing that you will be moving out.
In preparation for your return to The University of Alabama, don’t forget to:
After You Return
Similar to the cultural adjustment pattern when arriving in a foreign country, you may experience stages of cultural adjustment when returning home.
Read over the Re-Entry and Cultural Adjustment to learn more!
Global Opportunities at UA and Away!
The following opportunities are great ways to build global competencies, help other UA students go abroad, learn a foreign language, gain international work experience, and get paid to study, live, work, and travel in a foreign country. All of which could be the kick start to your international career!
Join the Education Abroad team in promoting our programming across campus. Gain professional experience in international education with a group of fellow study abroad alumni.
Read over our Education Abroad – Internship Overview document to learn more!
The University of Alabama’s Global Studies Certificate (GSC) is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the cultural, economics, physical, and political aspects of being a world citizen in the 21st century. Earning the GSC will improve a student’s global awareness while enhancing their resume. To earn the GSC students must successfully complete 15 hours of coursework specific to the GSC.
Candidates for the certificate must complete an application form before the certificate can be listed on their transcript. Visit the Global Studies Certificate page to learn more!
The U.S Student Fulbright Program is designed to give recent college graduates, graduate students, and young professionals the opportunity for personal growth in an international context. Most awards are for one academic year.
There are two basic types of grants:
- Study/Research Grants and
- English Teaching Assistantship Grants
Today the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering students and recent graduates international opportunities to study, conduct research and teach. Each year, approximately 1,600 Americans study or conduct research in over 140 nations with the support of the Fulbright.
This is a fully funded program through the U.S. State Department. For more information, visit the U.S. Fulbright Program page, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by 135 BB Comer.
The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated change makers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. Peace Corps service is 27 months and can be completed in one of over 60 countries. With multiple sectors of service, finding a job to fit your interests and skills is easy! Visit the Peace Corps page to learn more about the program.
UA has a Peace Corps recruiter on campus who can be reached at email@example.com with any questions before you apply, or throughout the application process. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Swaziland!
TESOL – Earn your teaching certification while abroad
CELTA – Earn your teaching certification while abroad
JET/ AEON – Teach English in Japan
EPIK/TALK – Teach English in Korea
TAPIF – Teach English in France
- https://www.interexchange.org/teach-english/ – A variety of teaching options abroad
- https://www.teachaway.com/ – A variety of teaching options abroad
- https://www.gooverseas.com/ – Options for all different types of programs abroad
- https://www.eliabroad.org/ – Options for all different types of programs abroad