Getting involved with events on & off-campus, getting to know other Study Abroad Alumni, and the Office of Education Abroad can be a great way to combat reverse culture shock as well as an opportunity to share your experiences from abroad!
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Study Abroad Photo Contest & Exhibit
Took some photos abroad that you’re particularly proud of? Be on the lookout for how you can win cash prizes for them and have them shown off at the Study Abroad Photo Exhibit!
We begin accepting photo submissions in January for any student who traveled abroad on an academic credit-seeking experience the previous calendar year (i.e., spring semester, spring break, calendar year, summer, fall). Only students who studied abroad for academic credit in the previous year will receive an invitation to submit photos, and only submissions from students who received invitations will be accepted. Submissions are typically due in early February, and winners are typically determined by late-March/early-April.
The annual Study Abroad Photo Exhibit is held late in the Spring semester to showcase winners of the photo contest. Even if you don't submit photos or selected as a winner, we encourage you to come see where other International Niners have taken them!
Intern with the OEA
This is a great opportunity to get valuable work experience for your résumé and continue your international experience while adjusting to life back in the U.S. Students in the past have been able to earn academic credit for internships in our office. Speak with your department if you would like to earn academic credit for the OEA internship program.
Be a Study Abroad Peer Advisor
Apply to become a Study Abroad Peer Advisor and interact with students who are looking to go abroad and share stories about your experiences.
Office of International Programs
VOLUNTEER AT The international Festival
Each Fall, the Office of International Programs hosts the UNC Charlotte International Festival. Volunteer to help with general festival duties, or connect with a country's booth to share your international experiences!
Join Phi Beta Delta Honor Society
The Phi Beta Delta Mu Chapter at UNC Charlotte is an Honor Society for International Scholars recognizing experiences in the areas of international education exchange and/or international scholarship. It also serves as a means for encouraging interdisciplinary interchange and serves as a catalyst for developing a network among faculty, students, and staff involved.
Each fall, the Mu Chapter hosts an open call for nominations for students (self-nomination is acceptable). Students who have demonstrated high academic achievement and have participated in internationally-relevant academic, extracurricular, and/or scholarship activities with junior status and a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA, or cumulative 3.5 GPA for graduate students. U.S. domestic students should have a study abroad experience (or enrolled in an internationally focused academic discipline or demonstrated significant involvement in international co-curricular activities at UNC Charlotte).
Student members will be asked to volunteer for 2 international education activities during each active year of memberwhip while on campus. For more information, visit the Phi Beta Delta Mu Chapter website.
International Student & Scholar Office
Go to International Coffee Hour
Interact with international students over a cup of coffee, snacks, and games! For more info., click here.
Volunteer at the International Student Orientation
Check out upcoming programs or events that you may be interested in helping with.
English Language Training Institute
Be a Conversation Partner
Become a Conversation Partner with the English Language Training Institute. Help students learn English and improve on their speaking abilities. By having engaging conversations in English for at least an hour a week, while hosting games and events throughout the semester, you can help them out AND make new international friends!
Join the International Club
Partake in student organization activities with international students that the International Club hosts.
Office of Global Education & Engagement
Apply for the Global Engagement Scholars Program
The UNC Charlotte Global Engagement Scholars Program (GESP) is designed to enhance a student's global and cultural awareness through a mix of academic and co-curricular activities. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to register for the GESP. Discover more about the Global Engagement Scholars Program.
Marian Beane Crossing Borders Writing Competition
The Marian Beane Crossing Borders Writing Competition is an internationally themed annual writing contest for UNC Charlotte students typically held each spring. The Writing Contest is sponsored by The Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, the Office of International Programs, and the UNC Charlotte International Club. The winning essay is eligible to win a $400 cash award with two honorable mentions awards of $175. Learn more about the competition along with guidlines, this year's theme and how to enter.