Using Your Handbook
While you're abroad, refer to the information and exercises in
the Pre-departure Handbook. Several of the passages, such as those
dealing with cultural transitions and adapting to your new
environment, will be more meaningful and helpful now that you're
Obtaining Course Approvals While Abroad
If necessary, you may obtain course approvals via e-mail while
abroad. E-mail the appropriate faculty member with the exact title,
course number and complete description of the course in which you
wish to enroll. In granting approval via e-mail, the faculty member
should include the specific Butler equivalent for which you will
receive credit. Once you have received this approval, forward a
copy of the correspondence to the Center for Global Education for
your records. You may also consult the "Planning to Study Abroad"
for more details on study abroad academic credit.
Registering While Abroad
While you are abroad, you may need to register for the semester
you will return to campus.
Before your departure, you should:
- Select preliminary courses you wish to take during the semester
of your return in consultation with your academic advisor.
- Ensure all encumbrances (any holds) are cleared at Butler or
you will be unable to register.
While you are abroad, you should:
- View the upcoming semester's course schedule on Butler's Web
- Register for classes on-line.
Securing On Campus Housing For Return
Students who want to live on campus upon return need to contact
the Office of Residence Life to get updated information on the
housing process. Details on the housing lottery and updated housing
policies can be found at www.butler.edu/residence-life/.
Preparing For Your Return
Several weeks before your return home, you may wish to start
preparing for reentry, or the return to the U.S. culture. You may
also have friends or parents send you local or school newspapers,
or clippings about local happenings. Catching up on local issues
will speed up your adjustment to life at home.
Take time to properly say goodbye to your friends. Spend time
with your friends and enjoy your final weeks/days abroad.
Don't wait until the last morning to take pictures - especially
of your neighborhood and your friends.
Aside from preparing yourself mentally, you should also begin to
consider re-packing and how you intend to bring home all of your
belongings that you have accumulated. Excess baggage fees are often
expensive, sometimes $150 U.S. per extra piece of luggage (up to 70
lbs.). You may wish to ship items home.
Request a final official transcript to be sent to the Center for
Global Education and a copy for your own use in the future or to
keep as a record.
Keep all coursework, syllabi and related documents to complete
any outstanding course approvals when you return to campus.
Consult your handbook for more suggestions.
Back to Top