There are many ways you can stay involved and remain connected to your study abroad experience both on and off campus! Taking an active role in the international community will help you adjust to being back in the United States and give you a way to meet other people who value study abroad the way you do. Check out these suggestions:
Watch this VIMEO video to see what Cal Poly Study Abroad Returnees have to say!
BECOME A RETURNEE CONTACTAnother great way you can get involved is to become part of our returnee contact program. This program allows advisors at the International Center to post your contact information on our website so that students who are interested in the program and country you studied in can contact you with questions. Talking to prospective students will give you an opportunity to share your stories, insights, and tips from your experience abroad. This is a low commitment way to stay connected. If you are interested, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL CLUB (I-CLUB)NOTE: The club is not currently active for the 19-20 academic year
The Cal Poly International Club is a social club for international students and domestic students interested in meeting international friends and exploring the
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JOIN A LANGUAGE GROUP OR CONVERSATION TABLEIf you want to continue speaking the language you studied while abroad, look into joining a language group in San Luis Obispo! This will give you an opportunity to meet other people in the community who want to practice their foreign language skills. Don’t see your language here? Create your own group at www.meetup.com.
- SLO County Spanish Conversational Group
“This group is for people who are wanting to practice and grow in their conversational Spanish. We want to get together to practice Spanish, share knowledge, resources, and experiences, and to enjoy each other in a variety of settings. We will try and meet on a weekly basis to practice our Spanish.”
- Deutscher Stammtisch
“This group meets monthly and focuses on speaking German and staying in touch with German culture and roots. Focus: Deutsche Sprache · German Culture and Language · Speak German · Stammtisch.”
- WLC Conversation Tables
WORK OR VOLUNTEER AT THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER
- Attend the Study Abroad Fair: Work a table for your program during the next Study Abroad fair! There are lots of opportunities to help out. Study Abroad Fairs are held twice a year.
- Attend a Pre-Departure Orientation Mixer: Share your experience and tips with students about to depart on their study abroad adventure! Each Fall and Spring we hold pre-departure meetings for each of our respective programs. We are always looking for study abroad returnees to attend and briefly discuss their study abroad experiences. Students love to ask returnees questions; after all, you are the best ones to ask!
- Work as a Peer Advisor: While we only hire Peer Advisors on an annual basis, please indicate your interest in being a Peer Advisor in your Returnee Evaluation located in your Cal Poly Abroad Application. Applications will be sent out to those that mark their interest during Spring Quarter.
ENGAGE IN SOCIAL NETWORKING
Start a Facebook group for your program and keep in touch with friends you met abroad! Some programs have Facebook groups online already!
JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL WELCOME AMBASSADORS PROGRAM
This program brings international and domestic Cal Poly students together to share their culture and develop friendships. International Welcome Ambassadors (IWA) provide a support system to assist new international students with adapting to life in California. In return, IWAs get to learn about life in other countries, make many new friends, and create long-lasting relationships with people all around the globe. Check it out: https://intladvising.calpoly.edu/students/programs/ambassadors_program.html