Your study abroad transcript

Your host university will send a transcript to the International Programs office after your program ends. International Programs will then send you a copy of a grade report (with converted credits and grades) for you to review. Once you’ve had a chance to make sure that everything looks accurate, we will work with the UW-Madison Registrar’s Office in order to get the grades posted to your account. Please be aware of the grade and credit conversions between your host university and UW-Madison; these conversions are available in the program-specific handbook available in your MyStudyAbroad account. Even if the class does not meet a UW-Madison requirement and you take it for personal fulfillment, International Programs will report the course and grade.

Reverse culture shock

People who have been abroad also commonly report experiencing “reverse” or “re-entry” culture shock upon returning home. The symptoms of reverse culture shock are similar to those of culture shock. To lessen the effects of reverse culture shock, some recommended activities include preparing early for reverse culture shock, recording reflections in a journal, discussing experiences with others who have been abroad, and seeking support services upon returning home. Contact University Health Services Counseling and Consultation Services to schedule an appointment if you feel you need extra support.

Market your study abroad experience

Employers value study abroad. Learn how to highlight your experiences and skills by meeting with your career advisor in the BBA Advising Center. You can also review the American Institute for Foreign Study’s Guide to Study Abroad & Career Development for ideas on how to articulate the skills and competencies you acquired while abroad.

Volunteer to talk about your time abroad

Throughout the academic year, International Programs will host recruiting and orientation meetings for future participants. We will send out a call for volunteers about two weeks prior to the meeting. Your expertise on your overseas program is greatly appreciated, and we hope you will volunteer! Please contact International Programs if you are interested in helping.

For students who wish to become involved at International Programs at a higher level, we have a Wisconsin BBA Global Ambassador Program. Returned participants will be contacted with more information on how to apply for this program.

Join the Buddy Program

We hope you will consider being a Buddy to an incoming exchange student! The Buddy Program helps incoming international exchange students prepare for their arrival in Madison and feel at home during their stay at UW-Madison.

The basic requirements for your participation are:

  • willingness to assist an incoming student
  • ability to help your buddy get from the airport to campus (either provide information or provide a ride)
  • several hours during your buddy’s first days in Madison to get him/her settled.

After that, we encourage you to remain in contact with your buddy throughout the semester and answer questions about academics, things to do and life in the U.S. For more information about being a Buddy, please contact International Programs.

Apply to work with International Programs

Students who have studied abroad with International Programs are invited to apply to promote our programs and help other students make decisions about their study abroad experience as BBA student staff. Returned study abroad students will be contacted when positions are open.