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Returning Home

Welcome Home

Welcome Home!
We hope your semester abroad was a rewarding and enriching time for you. Reentering the U.S. after such an experience can be both difficult and exciting. We hope you are adjusting, and that you have some people around you who understand and support you, and who want to hear what it was really like.

We encourage you to be extra patient with your family and friends who have not shared your experience. It may not be easy for them to understand what you have experienced. Also, please be gentle with yourself as you try to integrate the experiences, learnings, and feelings of this past semester. It takes time.

Transcripts
Transcripts are sent electronically via Parchment, a digital credential service that issues, receives, and shares credentials in simple and secure ways.

To start the request process, go to Parchment, Inc., and create an account. This is all you need to do. You do not need to request your transcript. After grades have been reported (late-December for fall semester and mid-May for spring semester) the Augsburg University Registrar's Office will access your account have your grades sent to your home institution. The first transcript will be sent free of charge.

You can use Parchment to request your own copy for college/grade school applications, scholarship or fellowship applications. Subsequent transcript requests will be charged a fee of $7.

If there is still a balance on your account, your transcript cannot be released until that balance is cleared. 

Questions about transcripts can be sent to Margaret Anderson at anderso4@augsburg.edu 

Travel Again!
If you enjoyed your program abroad, you may want to consider participating in a second program! Returnees receive a 10% discount on the cost of a second program.
 
Reading & Web List
Here are a few suggestions for readings that may assist you with the reentry process:
  • Austin, Clyde N. Cross-Cultural Re-Entry: A Book of Readings.  Abilene Christian University Press, 1986.
  • Knell, Marion. Burn Up or Splash Down: Surviving the Culture Shock of Re-Entry. Authentic, 2007.
  • Storti, Craig.  The Art of Coming Home.  Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2001
  • Check out the “Welcome Back! Now What?” module of the “What’s Up with Culture?” site – it helps students prepare for their reentry transition and reflect on their intercultural experiences and learning.
Share Your Experience
You can share your experience in multiple ways:
  • Send your photos to us at globaled@augsburg.edu
  • Tag us on instagram @AugsburgCGEE
  • Use #AugsburgCGEE or #CGEE on your posts
  • Share your travel blog with us. Email us at globaled@augsburg.edu with your posts and blog URL.
  • Become a CGEE Ambassador on your home campus! Details at the CGEE Ambassador Program Page. 
  • Tell your friends! Each new student that joins a program that specifically lists you by name in their application under "how did you hear about us" - you will receive a thank you gift card for $50 to Amazon.
  • Leave us a review at a third-party site: GoOverseas.com or GoAbroad.com
Stay In Touch
Sign up for the CGEE e-newsletter, which will be sent 2-4 times per year with program updates and stories from abroad. 
Want to write an article for the newsletter? Email Lucy Hardaker at hardaker@augsburg.edu to contribute.