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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.

Reverse culture shock

Reverse culture shock

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 on the UQ International Students website.

Host university transcript and credit transfer

Host university transcript and credit transfer

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.

Credit Transfer

Please check mySI-net to ensure that your credit has been transferred. If you have any questions about your credit transfer, please contact your faculty.

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.

Welcome Home Event

Welcome Home Event

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.

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 other UQ Abroad students and share all of your amazing stories with people who can relate to your passion and excitement!

Topics covered:

- Reverse Culture Shock
- Volunteer programs at UQ
- QUEST Student Club
- Short Term Global Experiences
- UQ Employability Award
- Postgraduate programs overseas
- Prestigious Scholarships
- Research opportunities
- Careers Advice

Look through the Welcome Home Event PPT presentation here if you want a recap on what we talked about, or if you weren't able to make it to the event.

Submit a Testimonial

Submit a Testimonial

Want to tell the world how AMAZING your exchange was? Do it!

Submit a UQ Abroad testimonial

Want to tell the world how AMAZING your exchange was? Do it!

Tell us all about your experience on exchange (remember that this is compulsory for anyone who received a scholarship). 
Example testimonials from previous exchange students can be seen here.

Complete the testimonial online at 

Some words of caution: Some students have had trouble using the above form with Safari, so please choose a different browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox) to complete the form. 
Just in case you have any problems with the form, it’s a good idea to save your text in a Word document first and then copy and paste it into the form.

If you would prefer to create a VIDEO: Create up to a 5 minute video of you on campus/in the city/travelling/with friends etc. Load it onto YouTube and send the link to
Please do not use copyrighted music, as it is a breach of copyright unless you have specific permission from the artist or their representative (the record company).

You might like to think about your exchange experience in light of the new UQ Advantage Employability Framework (see attachment) - Employers are looking for a range of skills and attributes and studying overseas is one way to develop many of them. 
There may be times when you have had to face a difficult situation or you have stepped out of your comfort zone in a new environment. 
These experiences will help develop perseverance, resilience and confidence which are personal qualities that are highly valued by employers (among others). 
Read the attached handout to find out more.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Your testimonial (text and photos or video) may be used in promotional materials for the UQ Advantage Office and your UQ Faculties to encourage participation in the UQ Abroad Exchange Program.
Please make sure that the content you include is appropriate for a public audience. 
Please also remember that we are unable to publish anything that might cause offence to the host university. 
We reserve the right to edit or omit inappropriate text, but we will contact you before making any major changes. 
By submitting a testimonial, photograph and/or video, you consent to this being used in promotional material.

Please complete your testimonial by 2 months after your exchange.

We hope you had a great exchange and look forward to reading about your wonderful experiences!

Staying involved

Staying involved

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 a UQ Advantage Ambassador

As a UQ Advantage 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 the UQ Advantage Office 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 the UQ Advantage Office and assisting at events. See the UQ Advantage Office for more information and an application form.

Employability and UQ Abroad

Employability and UQ Abroad

Learn how your Global Experience can enhance your Employability.

Learn how your Global Experience can enhance your Employability – the EMPLOY 101x MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) "Unlocking Your Employability" will help you identify the unique skills and attributes that you have developed while overseas and how you can apply that learning to your future employability.

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