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Returning to TCU

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.

VISA Corps Ambassadors

The Veteran International Student Ambassador (VISA) Corps is an elite group of TCU study abroad alumni that assists the Center for International Studies in the promotion of study abroad. It is a student-led organization that conducts campus outreach and hosts walk-in peer advising hours in the study abroad office.

New member recruitment takes places in August and January. If you are interested in joining, please contact the VISA Corps President or the Study Abroad Recruitment Coordinator.

Meet VISA Corps


Photo & Video Contest

The annual Study Abroad Photo & Video Contest showcases the global experiences of TCU students. Each entry must apply to one of the contest categories, outlined in the entry form. Photos appear on our website, our publication materials, in TCU Magazine, and throughout campus. Contest winners are notified by email. By submitting photos and videos, students agree to release photos to the Center for use in promotions and publications.

Enter the Contest


Graduation Sashes

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).

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.