» Activities and Events for Returning Students

You've had time to explore, find new interests and make new discoveries about yourselves while studying abroad and now it's time to take advantage of all the activities and events Chapman University offers to study abroad alumni. Your study abroad experience does not have to stop after returning to Chapman!

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Post-Graduate Opportunities for Work, Study, and Volunteering Abroad

Check out Continuing Your International Experience to learn about fellowships and scholarships to fund graduate school, research or training abroad as well as organizations to help you find work and volunteering abroad! Then, Visit Chapman's Center for Undergraduate Excellence to learn about more opportunities and for guidance on choosing and applying to these exciting opportunities.

Lessons from Abroad Conference

Congratulations on your recent journey abroad! We know you are excited and brimming with stories of your experiences abroad and insights into your host country’s culture. Might you be looking for a captive audience with whom to share those experiences, or are you seeking new ways to study, travel, or work abroad again? Then attend the Lessons From Abroad Conference for returned study abroad students. Learn how to talk about your newly acquired global skills in a job interview, how to stay connected, and how to network with professionals working in internationally-focused jobs.

Post Study Abroad Reverse Culture Shock: A search for your new normal

Need to talk about and listen to other’s experiences adjusting back to life at Chapman after study abroad? There will be group meetings for you at Student Psychological Counseling Services. Contact Linda Karmelich, MA, LMFT. (714) 744-7081 karmelic@chapman.edu to sign up. Discussions include but are not limited to: Challenges upon re-entry; No one wants to hear about it; Reverse homesickness; Depression and or isolation; Relationships have changed; Re-establishing relationships.

Branding Your International Experience/Career Development

Studying, living or working abroad offers an incredible experience and helps develop many of the important skills that companies seek when hiring new employees. The Center for Global Education holds the Branding your International Experience Workshop each semester for students to learn how to impress future employers with examples about their experiences. This workshop will cover how to incorporate an international experience into your elevator pitch, cover letter, resume and job interviews.

Learn more about the importance of preparing examples that demonstrate your skills, and specifically those related to intercultural settings.

AIFS Guide to Study Abroad and Career Development will help you put the steps in this workbook into the broader job search process as a study abroad alumnus. 

Culture at Work: The value of intercultural skills in the workplace. Booz, Allen, Hamilton; British Council (2013). 

Career Benefits: Understanding & Articulating the Skills You Gained Abroad: Matherly, C., and Nolting, W. (2007). Abroad View 10:1. 

Resume Tips for Your International Experience from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center

Center for Global Education Photo Contest

Students who went abroad in the past year submitted photos and won prizes! Check out the most recent winning photos below. You can view all photos by going to the CGE Facebook page and searching in the albums - Photo Contest 2019. 

Winners by Popular Vote:

Landscapes and Cityscapes: Serenity, Heraklion, Crete

Local Culture & Community Engagement: Bread-making, Heraklion, Crete 

Chapman Students Abroad: Greek Dancing, Heraklion, Crete

Learning & Interning Around the World: Ride along, Heraklion, Crete

Artistic Eye: A Childhood Dream Come True, Osaka, Japan

Winners by Center for Global Education Staff Favorites:

Landscapes and Cityscapes: A Boat Floating Down A River In A Small Water Town On The Outskirts Of Shanghai, Zhujiajiaozhen, Shanghai, China

Local Culture & Community Engagement: A Powerful Force, Varanasi, India

Chapman Students Abroad: Chapman Girls at St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic 

Learning & Interning Around the World: Discussing culture with a local, Punakha, Butan

Artistic Eye: Montserrat, Barcelona, Spain

While abroad, did you take that spectacular shot that captures the study abroad moment in time? We invite students who have gone abroad in the past year to submit photos in the Center for Global Education Photo Contest. The five categories for photos are: Landscapes and Cityscapes, Local Culture & Community Engagement, Chapman Students Abroad, Learning & Interning Around the World, and Artistic Eye. The contest occurs in the Fall semester and is open to all Chapman University students who have participated in semester/academic year programs, travel courses, and international internships through Chapman University. Students receive an email when the contest is open and judging will take place by popular vote. The winners from each category receiving the most votes receive a prize!

Be a Resource for Future Study Abroad Students

If you would like to help future study abroad students by becoming a source of contact for the program you participated in or if you would like to participate in Chapman University's Center for Global Education's panel events please email globaled@chapman.edu

Become a Peer Advisor or Panther Pal

Peer Advisor

If you would like to be a part of an environment where you can use your newly acquired knowledge of international/cultural issues, apply to work as a student Peer Advisor in the Center for Global Education! Becoming a peer advisor will enhance your individual skills in interpersonal communication, office support, public speaking, and writing. You will assist the Center for Global Education in information sessions, study abroad fairs, student advising, and all other activities and events. If you are interested in experiencing an exciting, challenging, and rewarding job with other fun, internationally-minded people, then contact the Center for Global Education for more information.

International Panther Pal

International Panther Pal

Do you miss having international friends abroad? Become a mentor for international students at Chapman and connect them to the Chapman community. You can help international students become acclimated to Chapman, practice your language skills, and have fun at the same time! Please visit the Global Gateway for deadlines and how to apply. 


Are you interested in helping other students study abroad? Let us know! We are always looking for study abroad alumni to connect with future participants who want first-hand knowledge about studying abroad. Volunteers can simply respond to email questions about their program, partake in a study abroad alumni panel or even lead an information session about their program! Contact the Center for Global Education for more information.