Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed your time on international exchange, and that you learned a lot both inside and outside of the classroom. Click a topic below for useful information for Returnees:
Transfer Credits & Academics
TRANSFER CREDITS TAKE TIME – Your host university will send an official transcript of the courses you took abroad to MIX. This happens automatically for UHM exchange students – you do not need to request it.
Your transcript, course syllabi, and MIX Learning Agreement will be forwarded to Admissions. Admissions will manually enter your transfer credits into your record; they may consult with your academic advisors and/or faculty in order to determine course equivalencies. Undergraduate students will not receive transfer credit for any courses in which they earned lower than a D; graduate students will not receive transfer credit for any courses in which they earned lower than a B-.
SUBMIT COURSE SYLLABI – If you have not yet submitted syllabi to MIX for the courses you took abroad, please take care of this immediately. The transfer of your credits may be delayed until all syllabi are received. Please email syllabi to email@example.com, or drop them off at QLC 206.
NOTE: Shidler College of Business students should submit their general petitions and course syllabi directly to Shidler B101. It is advisable to establish a list of ‘course equivalencies’ in advance so you will know which classes you should take at your host university and how your courses will fulfill your UHM requirements. Early preparation before you leave the UHM campus will help to reduce your anxiety and eliminate confusion during registration at the host university.
Financial Aid Eligibility
MAINTAIN YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR FINANCIAL AID – If it takes an especially long time for your MIX courses to transfer in (this is common for students who went on exchange to Japan or other countries where the semester ends much later than our semester), then Financial Aid may consider you to be behind in credits and think you are not making Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students in this situation should submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal to UHM Financial Aid.
Reverse Culture Shock
UNDERSTAND REVERSE CULTURE SHOCK – While you may have experienced culture shock when you went abroad, you can also expect to go through an adjustment period when you return home. Reverse Culture Shock is the discord you may experience when you realize that, while you have changed a lot, your family and friends do not understand or acknowledge the changes in you. It is important to keep a positive attitude, and to take steps towards dealing with Reverse Culture Shock in healthy and proactive ways.
- Vagabondish article: Can You Survive Reverse Culture Shock?
- Diversity Abroad Tips for Dealing With Reverse Culture Shock
- Challenges That I May Face With Reverse Culture Shock (Marquette Univ.)
Work, Intern, Volunteer
VOLUNTEER OR INTERN WITH MIX – Stay connected to your international experience while engaging in meaningful and rewarding work helping others! Apply to be a MIX Volunteer or Intern
BECOME A STUDENT INTERCHANGER – If you enjoy meeting people, want to make friends with students from abroad, and want to earn $11.25 an hour, this job could be for you! Call Laura at Special English Programs at the UHM Outreach College at 808-956-6824 if you are interested. See the Student Employment & Cooperative Education (CECE) website to apply.
MENTOR NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – Volunteer with the ISS Mentor-Mentee program to help new international students get integrated at UHM.
COME TO INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL HOUR – Every Friday from 3:00 PM during the Fall & Spring semesters, at QLC 412. Meet other Returnees, current inbound exchange students, and prospective outbound exchange students!
JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION (ISA) – The International Student Association (ISA) is for international students as well as U.S. and local students. Weekly meetings and regular events and activities promote global friendship and understanding.
JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ORGANIZATION (IBO) – The International Business Organization (IBO) was created to promote international business and culture within the Shidler College of Business. Membership is open to all majors, all students interested in International Business are encouraged to join.
Share Your Photos or Write A Review
SHARE YOUR PHOTOS, VIDEOS, AND BLOGS – Please share your pictures, videos, and blogs from abroad with us! The best ones may be featured on the MIX website. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with links or attachments, or upload your images to MIX Photo Share.
WRITE A REVIEW OF YOUR OVERSEAS UNIVERSITY ON STUDYABROAD101.
Go Abroad Again
Check out the resources below for overseas study, volunteer, teaching, internship, work, and research opportunities. Go abroad again after graduation!
- AIESEC Internships Abroad
- CIEE Teach Abroad
- Comunidad Connect
- Cross-Cultural Solutions
- DAAD Rise Internships in Science and Engineering
- English Program in Korea (EPIK)
- Fulbright U.S. Student Program – UH Manoa Office
- Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program
- GlobaLinks Intern Aboad in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji
- Global Volunteers
- Inter Exchange
- International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)
- International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA)
- JET Programme
- Language Corps
- Love Volunteers
- Partners of the Americas
- Peace Corps
- Restless Development
- Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK)
- Teaching Chile
- United Nations Volunteers
- Volunteer BaseCamp
- Volunteers for Peace, Inc. (VFP)
- Volunteers In Asia
- World Relief
- World Teach