Transitioning Back to the United States & Carleton

Returning home after an off-campus study program can be challenging. Don’t feel that you have to go it alone! We encourage you to consult many of the resources available to support you in the reentry process. Many of your advisers, professors, and peers have had similar experiences and are willing to talk about them with you and to listen to your stories. Counselors at Student Health & Counseling are available for individual appointments. The OCS office organizes a number of activities for returned students each term and encourages you to propose your own ideas.

Online Resources

  • Coming & Going Intercultural Transitions for College Students
    This 12-minute video explores how several American and international students at Carleton College experience moving between home and college, and from one culture to another.
  • Engaging Study Abroad: Before, During & After
    This website offers lots of tips and exercises for reflecting on your international/intercultural experience. 
  • What’s Up With Culture, Module 2: Welcome Back, Now What?
    This interactive module helps students process their intercultural experience.
  • Top Ten Lists for Returnees
    These lists offer a great summary of the reentry experience. They were originally compiled by Dr. Bruce LaBrack, Professor Emeritus, School of International Studies, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.

Opportunities at Carleton

  • Campus Events
    Watch the events calendar for talks, film screenings, festivals, fundraisers, and other events that help you build on your OCS experience.
  • Worlds Fair
    Talk to prospective students about your program at this annual event, held over common time in Great Hall. Watch for an invitation from OCS to volunteer.
  • OCS Photo Contest
    Submit your two best OCS photos for the annual photo contest. Winners are selected in seven categories: people, place, story, library, food, Carls abroad, and people’s choice.
  • Community and Civic Engagement
    Looking for a way to give back to the community? The CCCE offers many opportunities to get involved.


Are you inspired to learn more about the region you studied in or cross-cultural transitions? Consider adding a minor to your academic program at Carleton.

National Opportunities

  • Forum on Education Abroad Academic Achievement Award
    This national competition highlights excellence in undergraduate research abroad. Deadline is in August and students must be nominated by the Off-Campus Studies Office. Let us know if you are interested in being nominated!