The following options are available to earn a study abroad sash to wear at graduation:
- Study abroad for a full semester
- Earn the Certificate in International Studies
- Complete a minimum 8 week immersive language program or internship for academic credit
We order sashes on November 1 and April 1. The sashes are $40 (for one country’s flag) or $50 (for two countries’ flags). To order a sash, take the Sash Payment Form and payment to Financial Services (Sadler 2011), and submit the stamped form to our office (Reed 214).
Reverse Culture Shock
Culture shock is most noticeable when you leave your home to go to another country, but it can also occur “in reverse” when you return to the U.S. It’s natural to miss your international home. You may also find yourself negatively stereotyping Americans. These are all normal feelings that you will work through.
In the meantime, allow yourself time to readjust to your U.S. life. Seek support networks by meeting with students with similar interests and befriending international students.
Opportunities for Study Abroad Alumni
There are many on-campus opportunities for returning study abroad students, including:
- Certificate in International Studies, which can be added to any undergraduate degree at TCU
- VISA Corps, a student ambassador program to promote study abroad
- Study Abroad Photo Contest, which showcases study abroad photos
- Larry Adams International Experiences Award, for students who apply their study abroad experience to a significant project or activity that exemplifies internationalization
- Frost Foundation Lectureship, an annual lecture series on global issues
- International Student Association, for American and international students to learn more about world cultures and socialize with each other
- Conversation Partners, a program through the Intensive English Program to help international students practice English
Applying Your Experience Professionally
Study abroad is an impressive experience to add to your resume, yet students often struggle to describe its transformative nature by explaining how they grew and what they learned while abroad.
To leverage your experience, highlight it in your resume and discuss it in interviews. Be prepared to share an anecdote that emphasizes how you overcame a challenge, gained a new perspective, etc. Here are a few other tips:
- Include study abroad on your resume with the name of your foreign university or program in your Honors, Awards, or Recognitions section
- Define the qualities reinforced by study abroad and show how they apply to the job, including dedication to a project, perseverance in attaining goals, creative thinking and problem-solving abilities, communication skills, adaptability, flexibility, initiative, self-reliance, willingness to be challenged, and broadened view of yourself and the world.
- Describe specific goals attained abroad such as competency or fluency in another language or understanding of a different culture.
Visit the TCU Career Center for more advice about how to market your experience and for jobs in international fields.