Get Involved in the Local Community
Coming back to the US and Brandeis after a year or semester abroad can bring about many feelings for students, both positive and negative. If you are feeling a bit down, one of the best ways to beat the re-entry blues is to become involved with the international community here at Brandeis. You can participate in the Intercultural Center, become a buddy for the International Students and Scholars office, and volunteer to speak with students who are just beginning the process of studying abroad. Past returnees have suggested several ways to keep the experience alive.
Share Your Story
Do you have a story to tell? Like using writing to process your thoughts on your time abroad? There are many opportunities available to you! Consider one or all of them:
- Wander: Brandeis Abroad
- Submit an article for The Justice or The Hoot or be interviewed on WBRS
- Be featured in BrandeisNOW! Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll connect you.
- Send your story to email@example.com and we'll share it on social media or our website.
Studying abroad is a great starting point for many students to apply for competitive academic fellowships. Many of these are international opportunities and can be a great way to continue to explore a research area or learn more about other cultures. Please visit the Academic Fellowships webpage for information on these fellowships and how to apply.
Hiatt Center Resources
Many students express a great interest in finding a career with international connections after returning to Brandeis from overseas. Some seek ways to return to their host country to work or intern while others wish to pursue graduate study abroad. Whatever your interests and plans might be, the Hiatt Career Center can help.
- job or internship searches at home or abroad
- articulating your experience in your career “toolkit,” including resumes, cover letters, portfolios and interviews
- creating country-specific career documents
- seeking funding for international projects
- networking with professionals and contacts in your field wherever they are in the world
Make an appointment with a Hiatt career counselor (781-736-3618) to talk about your specific interests and keep an eye on the Hiatt Career Center site for resources, job opportunities, and a calendar of career-related programming.
Waltham Group Programs
Now that you're back on campus and in Waltham some students find it helpful to get involved in the community that they left for a semester or more. Waltham Group organizes programs for students to get involved in the local community. Some of these programs involve assisting English Language Learners gaining more confidence in their English ability. This may also offer you to continue to practice the language you studied abroad.
For a list of Waltham Group programs, visit their website.
Present Your Research / Attend a Conference
The field of international education offers many opportunities for returning undergraduates to explore a profession in international education or to present their experiences upon return. There are many opportunities each year and often in the Boston-area. If any of the below sound interesting to you, please reach out to a member of the Office of Study Abroad staff for more information.
- The Forum Academic Achievement Award - The Award for Academic Achievement Abroad is an honor that showcases rigorous and significant undergraduate academics that occur as part of education abroad programs.
- Boston-Area Study Abroad Association (BASAA) - a network of study abroad professionals based in and around Boston. This organization hosts a spring conference on topics in the field and a Returnee Conference for students who have recently returned from abroad.
- NAFSA: Association of International Educators - a national and regional organization (Massachusetts is in Region XI). While the national conference may be pricey for a student budget, the Regional Conferences (held in the fall) are often held within a reasonable distance to Brandeis.