Returning to Carleton

Returning to Carleton

Reentering life at home and at Carleton can be both exciting and challenging. The Carleton community has many resources to support students through this transition and to help them share experiences, explore newfound interests, pursue additional international opportunities, and integrate off-campus learning into academic, career, and life planning.

Re-entry Support

Academic Advisers help students navigate their academic lives, but are also available for more wide-reaching conversations about personal goals and concerns. They are knowledgeable about the many resources available to students and can help make the right connections. The Pathways web portal is a great resource to explore how OCS and other campus activities can be woven together in unique ways.

Off-Campus Studies Advisers are knowledgeable about off-campus programs and cross-cultural transitions. They can provide support and information on a wide range of questions related to off-campus study. Intercultural learning resources focused on cross-cultural reentry can help frame the experience and help students unpack their intercultural learning.

Student Health & Counseling staff provide psychological care to students throughout their time at Carleton. Counseling can be a safe space to discuss thoughts and feelings related to the off-campus study experience. Mental health resources explain some of the psychological impacts of travel and give concrete suggestions for staying emotionally healthy.

Academic Integration

There are many courses at Carleton that delve deeper into topics covered on OCS programs. Cross-Cultural Studies courses focus on intercultural identity and transitions, courses with an academic civic engagement component encourage experiential learning in a community setting and regional studies courses provide depth and breadth of knowledge about particular countries and regions. Many courses at Carleton intentionally incorporate off-campus learning into classroom discussions, assignments, and readings. 

Adding a minor can help students focus on an area of study inspired by their OCS program. And language study will deepen your knowledge of the country or region you studied in.

Research projects carried out on OCS programs, whether as independent study or part of a class, can lead to great fellowship applications and comps projects. The OCS Fellows program helps students polish their research for public presentation or publication.

The Center for Global and Regional Studies promotes the study of the world’s peoples, arts, environments, literatures, sciences, and institutions by working with academic programs and departments and sponsoring internships, fellowships, and events for students. Beyond Carleton, the OCS office can nominate students for the Forum on Education Award for Academic Achievement Abroad.

Community & Civic Engagement

Finding a volunteer or civic-engagement opportunity through the Center for Community and Civic Engagement is a great way of continuing work begun during off-campus study.

Carleton offers a plethora of speakers, performances, and cultural events every term. Check the Campus Events Calendar and take note.

Many students work through Student Organizations to create awareness, raise funds, or learn more about global and regional issues. If there is no organization related to your area of interest, start one!

Promoting Off-Campus Study

OCS relies on returnees to staff the annual OCS World’s Fair held each January. This event is a great opportunity to talk to prospective students about OCS programs. OCS also asks students to serve as panelists for Pre-Departure Meetings, Accepted Student Days and other events and presentations. Let OCS advisers know of your interest in sharing your experience. Students are also encouraged to propose their own event. For example, students have organized a panel presentation on public health programs or held a reunion for students on their programs.

Creative Expression

The OCS Annual Photo Contest encourages students to submit their best photos in several categories. The CGRS Writing Contest welcomes submissions of OCS-inspired writing. Other campus publications, such as the Carletonian welcome student writing and photography. If you would like to share a larger body of work, think about proposing an exhibition in a Weitz Center white space.

Career Planning

Off-Campus Study experiences frequently influence life direction and career planning. Career Center staff offer resume and cover letter reviews, along with career counseling services to help you frame your OCS experience for employment and graduate school applications. The Career Center also offers several funded internships and service-learning programs. Be sure to start planning early to meet application deadlines. The AIFS Student Guide to Study Abroad & Career Development provides students with a framework to understand the impact and value of study abroad for their career development.

Opportunities for Travel, Study and Work Abroad During Breaks or After Carleton

There are many ways for students to go abroad after Carleton. You may apply for fellowships to study or pursue an academic or personal interest. Volunteer programs such as the Peace Corps offer placements in many countries. English teaching opportunities abound, especially in Asia. And temporary work permits can be obtained in some countries for a small fee.

Additional Resources

  • Going Global
    International employment guide contains country-specific information on work abroad. Available with Carleton NetID on the Career Center website.
  • Transitions Abroad
    Publication containing numerous resources on finding international employment, volunteering overseas, and travel.
  • Lessons from Abroad
    Website with a wealth of resources for work and volunteer abroad, graduate school, teaching abroad, financing, and conferences and events.
  • Life After Study Abroad
    Website full of helpful articles about transitioning home...and going abroad again.