Returning to Trinity

Welcome back! As you begin to integrate back into life at Trinity College, we invite you to take a look at these pages. We hope they can help to guide you through the re-entry process and offer you some interesting opportunities to become involved with the global community on campus, and in the Hartford area.

Become a Global Ambassador

If you loved your Trinity College Study Away experience and want to share your expertise with other students and help prepare them to study away, consider applying to the Global Ambassador program.

Student interns who have recently returned from studying away, Global Ambassadors are peer advisors and recruitment specialists for their program, and serve as a primary point of contact for prospective students interested in a Trinity College Study Away program.

Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2020 semester. For more information on how to apply, please see the Global Ambassador page on the upper left.

​Grades + Credit

Are you concerned that your grades have not arrived? Please be aware that study away grades take longer to be received and processed. The Registrar’s Office knows to expect your grades to arrive later.

Note that Approved External Trinity program transcripts should be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office. If you attended an Approved External Trinity program, please ensure that you have requested that your transcript be sent to the registrar.

Also, if you expect to earn transfer credit for one or more of your classes, please ensure that you have completed or made final changes to your Application for Transfer Credit (blue form) and submitted it with all necessary signatures to the Registrar’s Office. Your credits cannot be posted without this completed document.

Study Away Evaluation

All students who have studied away must complete a study away evaluation before you can access your grades.   

Your honest feedback helps our office monitor the quality of these program and also helps other students wanting to study away in the future.  We thank you for your input.

Upon completion of your semester abroad, you will receive an email inviting you to complete the evaluation via the link provided.  If you have any questions about this, please contact Eleanor Emerson in the Office of Study Away.


Cultural Adjustment

For students returning from abroad, be aware that just as you may have experienced a period of cultural adjustment when you arrived at your program, you may experience reverse culture shock now that you have returned. Readjusting can be difficult, and it is normal to experience some ups and downs, including feelings of depression, frustration, or anxiety. There are ways to alleviate these feelings and incorporate your experiences into your life back home. Here are some suggestions:

  • Keep in contact with those you met during your time away. Send e-mails, pictures, and postcards. Go back and visit if you can or invite new friends to come see you.
  • Get in touch with other students who are returning from studying away and share your experiences. You may find you have very similar feelings and some common interests.
  • Keep a journal. It can be extremely helpful to put your feelings down on paper and reflect on your experiences.
  • Pursue a new hobby or interest related to your study away experience.
  • Think about enrolling in a global course that targets your study abroad experiences in general, or one that focuses on specific aspects of the city/country/culture that you have just come to know. 
  • Keep up your foreign language skills by attending the foreign language lunch tables. 
  • Check out what is playing at Cinest​udio. Trinity’s movie house often shows foreign films, many of which are presented in the original language with subtitles.
  •  Join one of Trinity’s clubs with an international twist or think about starting your own. 
  • Consider additional international opportunities, such as another study away program for a semester or summer program. Check with the Office of Study Away for more information.
  • Consider applying for a global teaching assistantship, internship, or research project that utilizes your study away experience and might earn additional credit for you. For information on internships and international scholarships, contact Anne Lundberg.
  • Consider a career that incorporates your international interests. Talk to faculty in your department about career options and graduate study that will allow you to utilize your intercultural experience.
Want further ideas? Check out these useful tips on reentry provided by SIT. 
Welcome back again and best wishes for a great semester. If you have any other questions or concerns regarding your study away experience, please contact the Office of Study Away at