Returning Students

Staying Involved

Student Ambassador Program:  Are you enthusiastic about your experience abroad?  Are you eager to share your experiences with others? If your answers to these questions are yes, please consider sharing your information with us so we can list you as an Education Abroad Student Ambassador. As a Student Ambassador, you will have the option to volunteer in outreach activities such as the Education Abroad Fair, pre-departure orientations, informational sessions, and classroom visits. We also ask that you be available to interested study abroad participants through email and/or phone communication.

Returning students can use the form below to indicate that they would like to serve as ambassadors. Please note that this form is only available during certain times of the academic year. Returning students will be emailed information on becoming an ambassador that will include deadlines to complete the form below.

Photo and Video Contest:  An Education Abroad Photo Contest is held at the beginning of every semester and the winners, announced after the Education Abroad Fair, will receive a gift card to Amazon for $50.00. These photos and videos will be on display at the Education Abroad Fair and could be used on the website and in communication materials. For more information, click here.

Community Outreach:  As a part of the Department of Student Activities, Community Outreach offers students opportunities to engage in service related activities that enhance the quality of life of others in the community while enriching their own learning experience at the University of Connecticut. Their website provides UConn and local communities information about initiatives and resources related to volunteerism, community service, service-learning, and community partnerships.  Semester-long program opportunities include work in the areas of health and human services and language and literacy.

Office of International Services & Programs: (McMahon Hall, mezzanine level): Check their website for a full listing of activities.

International Coffee Hours: Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet others with an international experience.  All are welcome to attend. Contact DISP for more information @ 486-3855.

UConn Cultural Centers: Check out their websites for weekly events.

African American

Asian America

Puerto Rican/Latin American

International Film Nights: Von der Mehden has a Friday night international film series (see UConn Events Calendar)

Cross Cultural Connections: People interested in meeting people from different cultures needed! Students need to hear “real” English and practice with their peers in personal and informal settings. Volunteering to be a partner in Cross Cultural Connections is a way to experience another culture without ever leaving the Storrs campus. Conversation partners may join classes regularly or just once or twice.

If you think you may be interested, contact Sandie Gong and Romana Haider at

French Club A dynamic French Club led by an exchange graduate student from Paris organizes a variety of extra-curricular events involving students at all levels. These include excursions to New York City, Boston, and Montreal, as well as French, Caribbean, and African dinners.

For more information contact: Professor Lucy McNeece

Spanish Club The Spanish Club is organized by Graduate students in the Spanish section of the Modern and Classical Languages and its main function is to create a space where students learning Spanish have the opportunity to practice and use the Spanish they learn in the classroom as well as to meet other students who are  interested in Latinamerican and Spanish culture. One of the activities organized on a weekly or bi-weekly basis is a meeting generally conducted by a TA in which they talk in Spanish discussing a particular topic. They also organize movies and dinners or other types of activities.

For more information contact: Professor Miguel Gomes

Job Search/Resume An experience abroad looks very attractive on a resume. This shows the potential employer that you have skills in adaptability, intercultural competence, resourcefulness, and possibly a second language. You may find that your experience abroad has left you wanting more. Visit the UConn career center for employment opportunities abroad. Another wonderful resource is the  magazine, Transitions Abroad, designed for those interested in living, working or volunteering abroad.

Education Abroad Global Student Mentor Program:  The Education Abroad Global Student Program offers an opportunity for students that are passionate about study abroad to contribute to the outreach efforts of UConn Education Abroad.  Interns are study abroad alumni who will conduct outreach efforts on campus and work with the incoming exchange student population.  This includes advising walk-in students, presenting to classes, conducting Education Abroad 101 sessions, contributing to social media campaigns, and making promotional videos.  All UConn students that studied abroad through UConn are eligible to apply.  More information and a link to the online application will be sent to students over email when they return from studying abroad.

Student Employment Opportunities:  Each year the UConn Education Abroad Office hires 2-3 student employees.  Part of the job includes helping others through the study abroad process. If you are interested, contact the Education Abroad Office, 860-486-5022 at the beginning of the summer. To be eligible, you must have studied abroad.