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Resources for Advisors

Prior to Enrollment

Increasingly, parents and students are asking about study away options prior to enrolling. Luckily, students in every major can (and do!) study away. It’s possible as long as students start early, work closely with faculty advisor(s) and consider summer as a viable study away period as well as the regular academic year. There are many options open to Illinois Tech students!
  • Talk to students and parents even before the students enroll
  • Recognize that study away is important in the college selection process


General Advising Tips

Academic advisors acknowledge that working study away into the curriculum takes extra planning, patience and time – as well as initiative on the part of the student. That said, many faculty and students recognize that studying, working, and volunteering away are vital and desirable parts of the college experience for many Illinois Tech students.  
  • Start talking to students as early as their first year
  • Help students to determine specifically where study away will fit into their major(s) and identify the best term(s) to go away
  • If study away won’t fit into the curriculum, suggest a summer away or a short-term program
  • If the traditional model of studying away isn’t appealing, students can consider volunteer or internship away experiences
  • Encourage students to check out the Study Away website
  • Help promote Study Away Information Sessions/events and individual advising appointments
  • Suggest that students prepare a list of questions prior meeting with the Study Away Office
  • Refer students to the Study Away Office and Financial Aid for financial aid and financing questions


Encourage Students to Think About Study Away

Academic advisors acknowledge that students vary in their ambition to have a study away experience. For a good number of students, the seeds were planted long before they arrived on our doorsteps. For others, the seed may be planted here in Chicago. Illinois Tech advisors use a variety of tools to encourage students to consider study away. By the way, many of these same tools also help in verifying and supporting the experiences of returned study away students! 
  • Use major-specific advising sheets.  These are coming soon from the Study Away Office! 
  • Plan a group advising or info session by major and invite the Study Away Office and students in your major who’ve been on an away experience
  • Require that students who have been on an away experience submit reports and/or present to first-years
  • Feature returned study away students on your department’s website 
  • Publicly display journals and drawings following return from study away
  • Suggest that students consider working, researching, and interning away as an alternative to a traditional study away experience


Welcoming Students Back to Campus

Many of our students experience “reverse culture shock” when they return from abroad. Symptoms may include depression and/or frustration with family, friends and university norms. Some advisors report that it’s hard for students to get back into the swing of things, particularly students who studied where regular homework was not required. The SAO and home department advisors play an important role in encouraging students to share their experiences in meaningful ways and to verify the relevance and importance of their cross-cultural experiences.  
  • Invite returned students to present to first-year students and departmental study away information sessions
  • Feature returned study away students on the departmental website
  • Displays journal, drawings, and photos of returned students
  • Suggest that students highlight their new skills (language, cross-cultural, problem-solving, etc.) during interviews and on their resumes.