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Reverse Culture Shock & Marketing your Experience Abroad
You may find that readjusting to life in the U.S. is more difficult than the adjustment you made to a new culture several months ago. If so, there are a number of resources that may be helpful as you make the adjustment to being back "home." Here are a few:
- Returnee Challenges and Coping Strategies
- What's up with culture? Module 2
- Top 5 Things NOT To Do After Returning From Abroad
- SIT Toolkit for Returning Students – Strategies for reentry and engagement back home.
- Marketing Your International Experience –Tips from AIFS Study Abroad for reflecting on and marketing your experience abroad.
One of the best ways to work through reverse culture shock is to incorporate what you've learned abroad into your everyday life back home in your local community and live out your commitment to global citizenship. See the next section for some ideas around opportunities to engage with the international community on-campus and in the Denver area.
Engage at DU
- Consider adding an Intercultural Global Studies minor. It's likely that a class or two you took abroad could count towards minor requirements and it's a great way to continue to engage academically with intercultural learning.
- Engage with international students at DU!
- Join Pioneer to Pioneer
- Connect with an International Student Organization or Language Club
- Participate as an English Language Conversation Partner –email: firstname.lastname@example.org for information
- Get involved in Culture Fest
- Join the I-House for free International Lunches the second Tuesday of the month at 12 noon (when DU is in session).
- Connect with prospective study abroad students! Join our DU Global Ambassador list or contact your OIE advisor to get involved.
- Continue or begin language studies
- Languages and Literatures offer for credit language study. They also offer various events and extra-curricular activities.
- The Center for World Languages and Culture offers language tutoring, classes, and directed independent study options for a number of diverse language offerings.
- Join or start a language club (Spanish, Italian, German, French, Chinese, and more). Call Languages and Literatures at 303.871.2662 or 303.871.2180 for more information.
- Get involved with the Internationalization Summit - present, volunteer, or attend! Held in April each year.
- The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning and DUSA offer service opportunities at DU and in the local community.
- Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30.
- DU Student Life provides information on student orgs and events on campus.
- Korbel hosts a number of centers and initiatives that sponsor cultural and international related research, events, speakers, and publications.
- Receive information on current happenings, events, and ways to get involved:
- Join the DU Global Ambassador list and we'll email you with different opportunities.
- Check out the OIE Global Bulletin sent out quarterly.
- Connect with us on Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, DUSA Blog.
- Apply to be a Global Fellow! This leadership and intercultural development program builds on your experiences abroad to connect them to life back at DU. Applications are accepted early December.
Engage in the Denver Community
- DU's Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning offers service opportunities with community partners in multiple issue areas, including human rights; immigration, refugee, and international issues; education; poverty, homelessness, and affordable housing; and gender issues. Search DU Something: Volunteer for opportunities to get involved.
- Teach English as a second language (ESL) classes on campus to DU employees through Intercambio de Comunidades.
- Mi Casa Denver works towards increasing the self-sufficiency of low-income Latinas and youth. The website provides a complete list of volunteer opportunities as well as a list of needed items for possible donation.
- The Museo de Las Americas is a museum meant to educate the public about Latino Americano art and culture.
- Project CURE provides medical supplies to countries in need. Volunteers will do a variety of tasks, ranging from the search for and collection of supplies to sorting and sending those supplies to various countries.
- The African Community Center of Denver welcomes newcomers who have had to flee persecution within their home country.
- Denver Sister Cities International works towards promoting peace through the mutual understanding that comes with the immersion of different cultures. Through DSCI, Denver is connected to many international cities, her “sister cities." Activities may include presenting information on a city to elementary schools, planning and implementing pen pal exchange programs, or fundraising.
- The Colorado Refugee English as a Second Language Program (CRESL) serves adult refugees who have recently resettled in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs.
- Alliance Française de Denver works to educate the Denver community on the French language and culture.
- The Denver Bulldogs is an Australian Rules Football Club based in Denver that actively recruits new members (women and men).
- World Denver offers the chance for the public to ask questions of world affairs experts. They also lead programs abroad and coordinate exchanges between schools and businesses.
- The Conference on World Affairs at CU-Boulder is a conference which hosts hundreds of forums about every conceivable topic, ranging from international issues to art. Attendees have the opportunity to choose which forums they would like to attend, and they sit in on debates for those forums which are usually followed by an interactive discussion between the debaters and the audience.
- The Posner Center for International Development hosts a variety of non-profit organizations and events.
- The World Affairs Challenge is often seeking interns, judges, and mentors for high school participants.
- The Denver Council on Foreign Relations hosts lectures year round on a variety of interesting international topics.
- The Mosaic Multicultural Foundation promotes harmony through dialogue and sponsor a number of education events.
Go Abroad Again
Has your study abroad experience left you eager for another international experience? There are several ways for you to go abroad again.
More opportunities to study internationally as a DU Student:
- The Office of Special Programs offers interterm travel courses.
- Several academic departments also offer programs during interterms. Contact your major advisor to see if there are any such programs in your department.
- Study Abroad again through the OIE! If your academic schedule allows it, why not do another term abroad. Summer study abroad is also available through unaffiliated programs. Pay attention to application deadlines!
Graduate Studies Abroad:
Some universities around the world welcome international students for graduate degrees. Many of them do not require a placement exam like the GRE or GMAT and offer one-year masters degree programs. Best of all, many of these universities have more reasonable tuition fees than you will find in the US, yet with a comparable quality of education. It is also possible to apply US Federal Financial Aid towards your studies at recognized institutions. Certain countries, like the United Kingdom, will give you a 1- or 2-year work visa upon completion of an advanced degree in their country. To learn more, visit the following websites:
- Germany (programs in English)
- Advice on studies in Australia or New Zealand
- Guidance on programs worldwide
Internships, Work, and ServiceAbroad:
- Connect with Career Services at the University of Denver to explore opportunities and polish up your resume and cover letters. Your study abroad experience can be a great asset in setting you apart in the job market, but only if you know how to appropriately market the skills and knowledge you've gained.
- Going Global offered through Career Services provides access to a large database of international internships and work opportunities. It also provides great information for seeking work abroad, including country specific resume tips, city guides, and more.
- Career opportunities through the U.S. State Department
- Peace Corps offers fully funded two year service opportunities for US citizens in communities around the globe.
- The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program places recent college graduates in Japanese primary schools to teach English.
- The US State Department - Short-term work opportunities
International Internship Directory
- DAAD - Internships in Germany (often there is no language prerequisite)
- Cultural Vistas offers internships and other immersion experiences in Germany, Argentina, and India
- BUNAC – Work or volunteer abroad in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere
- The Mountbatten Institute offers internships and graduate programs abroad.
- AIESEC offers international paid internship programs worldwide
- Bridge-Linguatec - Teach English or volunteer abroad
- Transitions Abroad
- CIEE is a well-known study abroad provider that offers post graduate opportunities
- Alliance Abroad Group
- STA World Travel Internship
- Academic Internships through EUSA
- Work in tourism and resort management
*Although the University of Denver has listed these websites here, their presence on our website is not an official endorsement or recommendation of these institutions. These are here only for ideas.