Currently Away or Abroad
Once you get to your new home, there will be many changes. Make sure to ask questions of your new professors, advisors, and other students on how to best fit into the local scene.
Learn about class expectations, as well as when you will have time to travel and explore a bit more independently. Do your best in classes, just like you do while on campus at Hamline. If you need any help, make sure to speak up and ask.
Also, remember that things might not be how you are used to having them done. Try living like the locals and adopting some of their traditions and culture. Remember–it’s not right, it’s not wrong, it is just different.
And don’t forget that the Study Away Handbook (Google Doc) is a great resource for travel tips and things to expect while away.
After having spent some time in your new home, it might not be easy to leave. While you finish up your classes and start to pack, make sure you take some time and prepare a few items.
The GEC recommends:
- Collecting the contacts of new friends, professors, and family
- Gather some of your favorite things to share with your friends and family back home
- Make a list of changes you know of back home with your friends and family–weddings, moves, graduations, etc.
- Journal about memories or events from abroad you don’t want to forget
- Write a letter to your returned self–reflect back on your time away
Once done, your program should send a copy of your transcripts to Hamline University (if non-faculty led). It is your responsibility to make sure they get to Hamline and to work with your academic advisors on how they transfer back.
Save copies of work done and syllabi from abroad in case you need to petition for a class to be counted for a Hamline class and didn’t work things out with your advisor before going away.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (S.A.P.)
If you get an email from the Financial Aid office after study away, make sure your respond that you have recently completed an away program. Most likely your transcripts have not made it back to Hamline yet. You might also want to contact your program for details on when it should arrive.