- Back at UQ
Back at UQ
You may experience mixed emotions after you return from exchange. No doubt, you'll be excited about seeing your friends and family, but probably also sad to be leaving your new friends. To ease the transition, why not get involved with UQ Abroad activities and share your experiences with other students who are considering a semester overseas.
Most students experience reverse culture shock, where they develop negative feelings about home and compare it to their experience overseas.
Many students who study in foreign countries experience some degree of reverse culture shock, where they develop negative feelings about home and compare it to their experience overseas.
It is also quite common to struggle with conveying everything that you experienced during your exchange because you may feel that you have gained new perspectives but the people around you have remained the same.
If you are having difficulty adjusting to life back at UQ, contact Student Services to make an appointment to discuss your concerns with a student counsellor. You can also find reverse culture shock tips in UQ’s Guide for International Students.
A scanned copy of your host university transcript will be sent to your faculty for credit transfer.
Host university transcript
At the end of your exchange, most partner institutions will automatically send UQ Abroad your academic transcript listing the courses you have taken and the grades you have received.
You will be notified when your transcript arrives and will be able to collect it from the UQ Abroad office.
Some partner universities expect you to order your transcript yourself. Please confirm whether you need to request a copy of your transcript before you leave your host university. If you receive your transcript directly from the host university, please bring it in to UQ Abroad so a copy can be made to send to your faculty for credit transfer.
It is important to keep your original transcript in case you need to provide proof of your overseas study when applying for future study, scholarships or employment.
If you would like to receive credit for courses that had not been pre-approved by your faculty, you may need to provide:
- a copy of any correspondence between you and your school or faculty regarding approval of courses.
- copies of the syllabi, reading list and assessment (as well as any assignments and exams) for the courses you have taken.
Please note: The grades you receive on exchange are not transferred and your grade point average (GPA) in your current program will remain unchanged after credit transfer. Please contact your faculty if you are concerned about how your exchange will affect applying for Honours or future graduate study.
Studying overseas in your final semester is likely to delay your graduation as your host university transcript may not be received by the end of your expected semester of graduation at UQ. Information about graduation can be found on the UQ Graduations website.
Once you are back at UQ there will be lots of opportunities to connect with others. You will also need to ensure that your credit is transferred.
Welcome home event
When you return to UQ, UQ Abroad hosts a returned students’ event to welcome you back to UQ. This event will give you the opportunity to mingle with your fellow exchangers and share all of your amazing stories with people who can relate to your passion and excitement!
Complete a UQ Abroad evaluation
Help us make UQ Abroad even better and assist students who are about to start exchange.
We will use the evaluation form to continue to improve UQ Abroad and to streamline our processes so that we can help future students. It is also provides us with valuable information for our planning.
Now that you're back, keep in touch with other people who went on exchange with UQ Abroad and share everything you’ve learned with students contemplating heading overseas.
Join QUEST (Queensland University's Exchange Student Society)
If you haven’t done so already join QUEST! This group is a fantastic opportunity to keep the exchange alive and mix with UQ’s incoming international students.
Become an Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) Ambassador
As an OUE Ambassador, you are invited to come along to our events and information sessions to share your knowledge and experiences. This program will open up many possibilities to share your enthusiasm for the programs of OUE and build networks with other UQ student leaders.
Opportunities for ambassadors include presenting at seminars, providing advice to students who want to get involved with OUE and assisting at events. See the Office of Undergraduate Education for more information and an application form.