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Returning to Port

"Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving." -- Terry Pratchett

Welcome back to Bowdoin--you have most certainly been missed!

Coming back is often a highly anticipated element of studying-away, and it can both be looked forward to and not. Wherever on that spectrum you fall, you have support in our office and other offices at Bowdoin, including that of your dean, advisor, Counseling Services, and more, to assist you with reintegrating into life and Bowdoin and with continuing with the elements of your time-away you’d like to live on.

Some students experience reverse culture shock upon returning home after being away. This is very common and can be difficult without somebody to talk to. OCS endeavors to make available arrange of programming for returners, geared to the expressed interest of each wave of returners. If you would like to work with us on a program for returners such as coffee hours or presentations or exhibits, please contact us!

Regarding the return to academics, students should be able to register for classes from away during the normal registration period and can work with the Registrar’s office and their advisor to get courses from away to count as pre-requisites for courses at Bowdoin. Transcripts from off-campus study should be sent, unopened, to the Registrar’s office to be reviewed and for credit transfer. This may take several weeks—please check in with OCS and/or the Registrar’s office if you have questions or concerns about this process.

Planning another international experience

Many students upon completing an international experience as part of their Bowdoin experience find themselves wanting more! Please visit our “Other International Experiences” page for ideas about other routes to take your back abroad.