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When You Return

Your international experiences don’t need to end when you re-enter the U.S. From involvement opportunities through the Office of International Programs (OIP) to volunteering in the community, you can continue to broaden your international experiences. Call or visit the OIP for more information.

Apply Your Experience on Campus

Classroom Presentations

Spark study abroad interest in first year students by presenting on your international experiences in the Freshman Year Experience (FYE) and other University 101 courses. Many first-year students cite these presentations by study abroad returnees and exchange students as how they initially heard about studying abroad.

Win $100: Study Abroad Photo Essay Contest

Do you have the perfect photos to describe your study abroad Experience? If so we want them, and we may be willing to pay you for them. The WU Study Abroad Photo Essay Contest was established to recognize the importance of WU students’ international experiences and promote studying abroad to other WU students and the community. Monetary awards of $100, $75, and $50 will be awarded to the top three entries received.

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Study Abroad Volunteer Peer Advisors:Put your international experience to work by promoting study abroad to your peers! The OIP hires volunteer returnees for approximately two hours per week to assist in the department with advising, programming, and promotion. Click Peer Advisor Program & Application to complete the Peer Advisor application and submit it to the Office of International Programs located in the International House.Get Published: Bods Abroad Newsletter: Deadline: September 30th

Submit an article (700 words or less) and picture (in digital format) to the Office of International Programs (OIP) at Selected articles will be featured in the “Bods Abroad Newsletter”.

Study Abroad Fair Fall (BOWTIE) & Spring

Welcome students and share your own global education and experience with prospective study abroad students.

Pre-departure Orientation Fall & Spring:

Share your experience or answer questions at the pre-departure orientation. Questions range from what host families are like to must-see attractions or destinations. You’ll have the opportunity to share your best pieces of advice!

Conversation Partners - English as a Second Language: Located in the International House, Fall & Spring, Tues. & Thurs. afternoons.

Visit the OIP and ask for a Conversation Partner Application to become a language exchange partner with an international student for a minimum of one hour per week. Practice language skills acquired abroad while helping an international student improve their English skills!

International Club & other international student groups

Meet WU students from all different countries, including the U.S., by joining WU International Club and other cultural groups on campus.

Apply Your Experience in the Community

Topeka Friendship Network

If you’re interested in providing hospitality to new international students, join TFN, a volunteer group dedicated to serving WU’s international students.

Topeka Literacy Council

Volunteer as a literacy tutor with an emphasis on ESL (English as a Second or New Language). Work with internationals in the community to help them with their reading and language skills. Phone: 785-234-2806

Learning IN the Community (LINC)

Listings for other community service organizations are available from The Learning IN the community (LINC) Office. Benton Hall Phone: 670-1027

Life After Study Abroad

Use this portal to share your experience and get firsthand information about internships, jobs, teaching, and more.

If you are interested in participating in any of these programs or have ideas for other programs please contact the Office of International Programs.