Returning to Penn

Adjusting to life back at Penn does not have to mean the end of your global experience! There are many ways to reflect on your time abroad, adjust to life back in the United States, and connect with other globally-minded students.

Offices & Services

As a Penn student, you have a wealth of support and resources available to you after you have returned from a global program.

Penn Campus Resources
Penn Abroad works closely with several offices on campus, including Career Services, Wellness at Penn, SRFS, and Residential Services to ensure that students are supported as they return to Penn. Read about how they work with students and can be helpful after an experience abroad.

Build on Your Experience

Penn Abroad Returnees go on to do amazing things, building from their global experience. There are a variety of opportunities that tend to be of interest to students as they return to campus.

The Undergraduate World House Student Fellows Program
An experiential learning opportunity specifically for students with a keen interest in global affairs, and a commitment to collectively addressing a pressing policy challenge for a full academic year. The global focus of the program tends to be of interest to those who have made a global experience part of their time at Penn.

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF)
CURF provides a range of resources, including information pertaining to funding opportunities, research and fellowship placements abroad. They advise and assist students applying for the US Student Fulbright program, the President's Engagement Prizes, and the President's Innovation Prize

Conversation Partners with ELP
The Conversation Partners program is a free program that coordinates language exchange between ELP students and domestic English-speaking Penn students, staff, or faculty over the course of an academic semester.  The program provides the opportunity for participants to practice their foreign language skills, while engaging in cross-cultural exchange.

Share & Connect with Others

Did you love your experience abroad and want to encourage others to go? Do you want to connect with people who are never tired of hearing about your experience? Here are some ways to share and connect with others.

Become an Ambassador
Penn Abroad’s Ambassadors encourage and prepare students to go abroad. Ambassadors are actively involved with Penn Abroad by organizing events to promote global opportunities, attending send-off events, speaking on student panels, and leading various projects throughout the year as available. Ambassadors can also be a point of contact for interested students with questions directly related to the student experience. Ambassadors are also invited to apply to be on our student advisory board the Penn Abroad Leaders each year. 

Write for the Penn Abroad Blog
We are always looking for ways to share the student perspective. Your experience can give interested students an idea of what it is really like to go abroad as a Penn student. Learn more about writing for us as a returned student or contact Jamie Nisbet of Penn Abroad to submit photos and learn about sharing more. We welcome photos, videos, and writing!

Penn Abroad's Video Contest
This contest is a chance for you to reminisce and reflect on your experience studying and interning around the globe. Express your creative video skills and share your unique global experience with the Penn community. 

Go Abroad Again

Penn offers a wide variety of programs that vary in length and term of study. There are options for every class year and major. Penn Abroad is here assist you in navigating the many opportunities that are available.

Selections from the Penn to the World Photo Contest 2019:

Patrick Rich - Galapagos
Patrick Rich - Galapagos