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Study Abroad 401: Coming Home

Make the most of your study abroad experience by attending our series of short presentations designed for study abroad alumni!  CGE Staff and CGE Peer Advisors will provide resources to help students adjust to campus life, maximize the study abroad experience in grad school applications and the job search, and communicate their study abroad experiences effectively in interviews and conversation.

These presentations will take place at 2:30pm in Social Sciences 103 on the following Wednesdays in the Spring 2016 semester:

Wednesday, February 3: Volunteer for an hour at the Study Abroad Fair (Social Science Building Atrium, 11am-2pm) and share that story!

  • Every year we need help with our major information event of the season.  Please contact Jennifer Margherito ( if you can help out at our fair!

Wednesday, February 10: Sharing Your Story – How to Talk about Study Abroad Without Boring People to Death

  • A semester or a summer abroad is often a turning point in a student’s life, and study abroad returnees love to share stories of their adventures overseas…maybe a bit too much at times!  This session will share insights into how to keep that special spirit from your study abroad program alive while providing channels to share those adventures with others, including short videos, photo essays, and blog entries.

Wednesday, February 17: Peer Advisor Training

  • Each year dozens of TCNJ study abroad returnees share their experiences with their fellow students in panel presentations, class visits, tables in the Stud, study abroad fair visits, and one-on-one advising in the CGE office suite in Green 111 – faculty and staff ask us to send them student volunteers to staff all of these types of events.  If you have some time this semester to share us, we would welcome your presence in support of CGE & study abroad here at TCNJ.  This is a great opportunity for students who are thinking about a career in international education to get some practical experience that would look great on a résumé!

Wednesday, February 24: A Survival Guide to Reverse Culture Shock

  • All of those peaks and valleys you experienced while getting used to your study abroad city…did it happen again when you got home?  Some veteran students will help you negotiate the challenges of “reverse culture shock” and help you get back in your campus routine!

Wednesday, March 2: Unpacking the Suitcase:  Study Abroad and Career Planning

  • With fewer than 5% of all US college and university students participating in study abroad at all, those students who have returned from abroad are in a rather select group.  How can students take advantage of their unique experiences and market themselves effectively for graduate school and the job market?  Come learn from the experts!

Wednesday, March 9: What’s Next?  The Going Global Database

  • TCNJ subscribes to the Going Global database of internship and job postings around the world.  The database provides students not only with a listing of overseas jobs, but also tremendous resources to help them secure positions (e.g. cover letter and resume templates for many different countries and interview etiquette around the world).  We will introduce students to this database and help them maximize its benefits.

Wednesday, March 23: International Education as a Passion or Profession

  • Are you interested in international education either as a passion or profession? Come and learn about the various opportunities available to you to engage in this field post your undergraduate career here at TCNJ. Teaching abroad (TESL/TESOL), volunteering abroad, graduate school majors & paths, or even a gap year before you embark on your new chapter!

For more information on this series, please contact the CGE at


*Saturday April 30th 6th Annual Global Careers Conference @ Rider University

The New Jersey Partnership for Study Abroad is proud to present the 6th Annual Global Careers Conference, this year hosted @ Rider University on Saturday April 30th. Learn about globally focused careers; How to use your skills gained abroad in your job search; Teaching and volunteer opportunities abroad; Graduate school abroad; Resume reviews; Mock interviews; Guest Speakers. Cost is Free! To learn more about the event & to register visit this website