Life After Study Abroad
After such a culturally invigorating and academically enriching experience, it is vital that you continue to use this momentum in your life at home. To help with this, we have created a brand new Re-Entry Guide to help you process everything you've experienced and expand on your time abroad.
The Re-Entry Guide covers topics such as:
To access the Re-Entry Guide, please log in to your Student Portal, then click "Alumni Resources".
Signs of Reverse Culture Shock
Your reactions to re-entry may vary, and may include one or more of the following:
No matter how much time you spent abroad, you will experience differences in yourself, your family and friends, and your surroundings upon your return home. At times, you may feel that no one understands how you've changed, and it may be difficult for you to realize that life has not only changed for you, but it has also changed for your friends and family. All of these things can make you feel a little out of place at home.
This process is much like the cultural adjustment you experienced when you first went abroad, only in reverse. Similar to having to adjust when you go to another country, you must make some adjustments coming home as well. The coping skills and strategies that were successful in helping you adjust to your host culture will be just as helpful coming home: get involved, identify a support group of other study abroad students, suspend judgment until you understand a situation, and always, always keep a sense of humor.
Tips For Coping With Re-entry
Stay in touch with your friends from abroad