Upon returning home from an overseas experience there are a some important tasks that will need to be addressed and matters that need to be considered in getting your academic and personal affairs in order.
The credit transfer process is your responsibility; it is not automatically done for you.
If you did a trimester exchange program, usually the host university will send a copy of your official transcript to Griffith Global Mobility. Once we receive it, we will email you a copy and will let you know how you can collect it from us. Depending on the university, it can take a couple of months for them to send the transcript. Please check with the host university to confirm what their process is.
To have the credit applied to your Griffith transcript, you will need to complete a Credit for Prior Learning online application. As part of your application, you will have to provide your host university transcript and approved study plan. If your host university transcript does not match your study plan, you will need to have a new study plan approved in order to receive credit.
One of the great advantages of overseas study is that it gives you a competitive edge when applying for jobs. Whilst the experience is fresh in mind, you should take a look at the Careers and Employment website and make use of their great resources. It's a great skill to be able to showcase your experience on your resume or CV and use it as examples when applying for a job or going through an interview.
Reverse culture shock
You won't believe it until you experience it, but reverse culture shock is real! A lot of students underestimate the impact of returning home as home is a familiar place and you know what to expect. What you don't often realise, is that when you go overseas for study you often are a lot more social than at home, try lots of new things, and (hopefully) don't have to worry about work or other commitments. When coming home, you might experience restlessness, boredom, depression or even reverse homesickness. Sometimes you will want to retell stories to your friends and family, but they might find it hard to relate. If you experience reserve culture shock, we recommend that you consider joining our Ambassador Program. It is a great way to connect with like-minded students who have been through a similar experience. We also connect you with international students who are currently at Griffith University and students who are going on exchange in the near future.
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