Study Abroad Alumni Resources

You learned a lot during your term abroad, made new friends, improved language skills, and know a bit more about the world than you did pre-departure. Now, you’re back in the U.S., maybe thinking: Now what? 

There are plenty of ways to keep your global momentum going. Go abroad again, or have an international experience here in the Twin Cities through globally focused student groups and organizations. 

Here are some of our favorite options.

Study Abroad Alumni Events

Check our calendar for upcoming events! 

Typical and past events include:

Marketing your International Experience – Learn how to translate your study abroad experience to job interview material. Developed in conjunction with St Thomas Career Services, this interactive session is geared towards undergraduates who spent a semester or year abroad.

Snack ‘Sesh’ Series – informal conversation sessions for students to talk about their experiences, reverse culture shock, and working and volunteering internationally

Going Abroad Again

VISION

J-Term and spring break volunteer service trips in the U.S. and overseas. 

Study Abroad 

That’s right! Many students study abroad more than once. You know the drill, get in touch with our office if you’d like to study abroad again.  

Study, Work and Volunteering Abroad

Internationally Focused Student Clubs and Organizations

Volunteers in Action

An Office for Service and Social Justice-affiliated service organization aimed at serving the people of the Twin Cities Metro Area.

Global Tommies

Build connections and friendships with international students at St Thomas.

Language Partners

Practice your second language by spending time with an international student. Contact ELS for information.

A full list of St Thomas clubs and organizations can be found here. Internationally focused clubs include: 

  • Globally Minded Student Association (GMSA) 
  • Hispanic African Native American Asian (HANA) 
  • African Nations Student Association (ANSA) 
  • Amnesty International 
  • Spanish Club, French Club, German Club, Japanese Club 
  • Eastern European Club 
  • Foreign Affairs 
  • Council on Mid-Eastern Studies 
  • Irish Society 
  • Saudi Club

Community Involvement

Explore home! There are many international communities and organizations in the Twin Cities. Or go to some tourist attractions here that you have not seen or have not been to in a while.

Global Minnesota

A local organization that hosts a variety of events and programs focused on international issues, foreign policy and cultural topics.

Rotary International

A global network of members dedicated to sustainable projects in areas ranging from literacy and peace to water and health.

Minnesota International NGO Network

A directory of internationally focused NGOs with a presence in Minnesota.

U.S. News – Best Things to do in Minneapolis – St Paul

Minnesota Monthly – Things to Do

Explore Minnesota – Diverse Communities Enrich Minnesota Culture

Work for the Office of Study Abroad

Peer Advisors – We hire several semester/year study abroad alumni each year to help us with advising prospective study abroad students, visiting classrooms, attending info fairs, working at orientation, and generally helping out around the office. Watch your St Thomas e-mail for the application process during the summer. 

Orientation Leaders – OLs receive a stipend for working at both Saturday orientations held each year. They lead breakout sessions for students and create a digital story. Invitations to apply for an OL position are sent early during the fall semester. 

Social Media Ambassadors – Ultra savvy with Facebook, Instagram, and generating an online audience? We hire outbound study abroad students to document their experiences via photos, blog posts and tweets. 

Program Alumni Ambassadors – We periodically hire alumni of St Thomas programs to speak at pre-departure meetings and attend study abroad fairs. Opportunities vary and may be paid or unpaid. If you are interested in serving as an ambassador for a St Thomas program you attended, e-mail our office at studyabroad@stthomas.edu. 

Share Your Experience! - We always want to hear from you. If you have a special picture, antidote, or a lesson from abroad that impacted you, send it our way: studyabroad@stthomas.edu.