I Studied Abroad… Now What?
Your study abroad experience does not end when you get on the plane to return home. There are so many ways you can continue building upon your experience at WKU and beyond! Consider the following opportunities.
Opportunities for Campus and Community Involvement
We invite you to apply to serve as an official representative of the Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning in the role of Study Abroad Ambassador, Peer Advisor, or Exchange Student Mentor. The SAGL Student Representative Program is way for you to help other WKU students have the same kind of amazing international experience as you had. Applications are reviewed each spring semester for the following academic year. See SAGL website for more details.
Submit your photos, videos and writing pieces to our study abroad contests for a chance to win a cash prize! The fall deadline is October 31 and the spring deadline is March 31. See SAGL website for guidelines.
Study abroad alumni are recognized at one home football game and one basketball game each year. Come out for your moment of fame and free t-shirt! Be on the lookout for an email with details about the date of the recognition and when and where to meet.
By completing a total of 24 credit hours of coursework with substantial international content (many of which are general education and major requirements) and 6 hours of modern language on top of your study abroad experience, you can add an “Emphasis in Global Studies” to your transcript upon graduation.
Connect with the Community
Join an international club or organization to help you connect with others who can relate to your experience. Consider volunteering at the Alive Center, the International Center, Habitat for Humanity or one of many other organizations that help refugees adapt to life in the United States.
Study Abroad Symposium
Each spring, a college or university in Kentucky hosts a Study Abroad Symposium. Previous study abroad participants are invited to present about their experience or research they conducted abroad.
During your final semester at WKU, you will have the opportunity to order a graduation stole with the flag of the country or countries where you studied abroad.
Career Development Opportunities
The Center for Career and Professional Development is a wonderful resource for assistance as you prepare your résumé, cover letters and get ready for job interviews. Call or email to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Career Counselor.
Study Abroad Career Workshops
Study Abroad and Global Learning occasionally hosts a career workshop specifically geared toward study abroad alumni. You will receive an email invitation when such an event is scheduled.
Further International Opportunities
Study Abroad Again!
Can’t wait to go abroad again? Consider adding more depth to your résumé through an international internship, research or service learning experience. Access the full catalog of opportunities from the program map on the SAGL homepage to explore other opportunities.
Interested in having an international experience after graduation? The Office of Scholar Development can advise you on nationally competitive opportunities pertinent to your area of interest including teaching abroad, conducting research or attending graduate school abroad… all fully funded!
Free International Opportunities
Get paid to teach or work abroad through organizations such as Princeton in Asia, JET, EPIK, Peace Corps, or UN Volunteers. There are also numerous volunteer opportunities through www.idealist.org
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