Where are your grades?
Although certain programs (such as CSUIP) automatically send transcripts to the CSUMB Records Office, some students will need to request transcripts directly from their host institutions abroad. When requesting transcripts from your host institution, make sure to request several sets, as you might need these later on when applying for internships, scholarships, or graduate schools. Send one set (MUST BE UNOPENED) to the Records Office at:
Office of Records and Registration
100 Campus Center, Bldg 47
Seaside, CA, 93955.
Grades take between 2 to 6 months to receive and a month or more to be integrated into your records. Be patient, but don’t hesitate to ask the Records Office if they have received your grades, where they are in the process of being integrated, and if any additional information is required from you.
Grades from programs such as CSU International Programs, CEA, GlobaLinks, and other affiliated programs will become part of your permanent record and will be calculated into your GPA. Grades from non-affiliated programs will also be included in your permanent record if they are from an accredited university or organization.
Before you left, you should have completed a correlation worksheet with your undergraduate or department adviser. This worksheet ensures that the classes listed will count toward your degree progress.
If you listed a class that you were unable to take, you will not receive credit for the class. If you DID NOT list a class that you took abroad but would like to receive credit for the course, print a new worksheet and fill it out with an adviser*. When you have filled out the worksheet and an adviser has signed off on the new course, bring the completed form to the Office of International Programs in Green Hall. We will take the form to Records, save a copy in your file, and give you a copy for your personal records. It is your responsibility to keep a copy of all correlation worksheets you complete.
*Remember, there is no guarantee that your adviser will approve any classes you took abroad that were not listed on your original (pre-departure) correlation worksheet, so please make every effort to complete an inclusive worksheet before you leave for your program!
If you have a problem finding where your grades were added, receiving your transcripts, etc., please contact the CSUMB Records Office, the Office of International Programs, and call/email your host academic institution or adviser for guidance.
Reverse Culture Shock, or "re-entry", is a term associated with the phenomenon of returning to one's own country and culture. Very similar to culture shock, a person entering into their home environment will have to make adjustments to reacquaint themselves with their surroundings. Unlike culture shock, most do not anticipate feeling like a foreigner in their own home. However, it should be expected. If you have made any cultural adjustments while abroad, you will have to readjust once back home.Experiencing reverse culture shock is extremely common and may include any to all of the following emotions:
More information on reverse culture shock can be found at:
If you are returning from an NSE program, CSUIP, a direct exchange program, or one of the affiliated programs (CEA, USAC, AIFS, ISA, GlobaLinks) , your status at CSUMB will adjust as though you had been on campus for the semester or year you were gone. In other words, if you left CSUMB as a sophomore with 30 units and return after one academic year (two semesters) with an additional 30 units from an accredited program, you will have 60 units and be considered a junior. Your housing costs will be the same as if you’d been on campus all along. It is your responsibility to register for classes on time, apply for housing and financial aid if necessary, and make sure transcripts from your program abroad reach the Records Office and are integrated into permanent record (see the ‘Grades’ tab on this page for more information about transcripts).
If you are returning from a non-affiliated program and filled out a Leave of Absence Form before your departure from CSUMB, please check your email and CMS Student account for any updates. It is your responsibility to register for classes on time, apply for housing and financial aid if necessary, and make sure transcripts from your program abroad reach the Records Office and are integrated into permanent record (see the ‘Grades’ tab on this page for more information about transcripts).
Contact the Campus Service Center in Bldg 47 or the Office of International Programs in Green Hall (Bldg 58) for more information.
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