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Education Abroad Alumni

Study Abroad Re-Entry Orientation

Welcome back!

Returning from a study abroad experience can cause both excitement and anxiety. It’s usually wonderful to see friends and family again, however managing “reverse culture shock” can be just as difficult as adjusting to the initial culture shock at the beginning of your study abroad experience. It is perfectly normal to experience some difficulty in settling in back here in the US.
NAU provides many opportunities for you to share your experiences with others who will have an idea what you’re going through. Exchange student coffee hours (ask your advisor for more information) and the Global Ambassador program (see below) are two wonderful places to start! 

Talk it Up!Talk it up and get $1,000 in airfare!


Did you just have a great time abroad?  Talk it up on campus!  Any education abroad alumnus that recruits three students to participate in a NAU international exchange program will recieve $1,000 towards one flight, anywhere in the world. 

- The $1,000 is only redeemable within one year of being notified of the award and cannot be broken up among multiple flights.

- Three students must enroll in either regular international exchange or ISEP international exchange programs.  Exchanges allow students to pay regular NAU tuition and use their financial aid, thus are the most affordable way to study abroad.

- Exchange students must identify the alumnus that recruited them via the question "Did a study abroad alumnus recruit you to study abroad?  If so, who?"  This question will appear for all students during their application process.  Students that move beyond the application stage can no longer identify an alumnus.

- $1,000 awards are limited to 3 per semester; first-come. first-served.

- Feel free to come get brochures from our office to help you promote!



2015 NAU Education Abroad Essay Contest  

We want you to tell us in your voice, how study abroad influenced you as a person and global citizen. We are looking for dynamic stories that highlight cultural differences, personal growth, connections with your potential career, or any other life-changing experiences. The essay does not have to be all roses and ice cream, but instead may include real challenges you faced abroad and how you managed them. Most importantly, be yourself and try to paint a picture of what life was like while abroad!
Essays should be between 750-1000 words and should be submitted via email to by Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm. Please include your name, title of your essay and the name of the program your participated in at the top of your essay.
*All submissions may be used by the Office of Education Abroad at NAU for promotional and other purposes.
First Place: $100
Second Place: $50
*Award deposited directly into Louie Account
Current NAU students who’ve participated in an NAU-approved study abroad program. This includes exchange, faculty-led, and NAU-Approved provider programs. 

Education Abroad Photo Contest2 Thai Girls

Win a prize for all those great photos you took while abroad!  There are four categories: landscape, pictures of locals, students (bonus points for students wearing a NAU logo), and monuments.  You will get an email when the contest starts and can submit photos then.

First place wins $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50 and 4th $25.

Please be aware that photos submitted may be used by Education Abroad for marketing purposes such as brochures, posters, and presentations!

NAU Global Ambassadors 

Make the most of your international experience by becoming an NAU Global Ambassador. Global Ambassadors are NAU students who have studied abroad for a summer, semester, or year, and who would like the opportunity to stay connected to their international experience. You can participate in a variety of activities to help make a difference and encourage others to study abroad!  At the same time, you will gain valuable communication skills and have a great volunteer experience to add to your resume.  Interested? Contact Mikaela Terry at

To apply, click here: