Welcome back! After completing an enriching study abroad experience in another country, most students are excited to return home and share their experiences with friends and family. Although they are returning to a familiar environment, some students have issues re-acclimating and may experience reverse culture shock.
The best way to approach re-entry is to expect that there will be differences. People, places, and your feelings will have changed with time. Part of the re-entry process includes finding a way to balance the best of your new lifestyle with your old lifestyle.
One way to ease the re-entry process is to get engaged in international opportunities on campus at USA. If you enjoyed your time abroad, consider participating in another study abroad program. Also, you can use the skills and experiences you gained during your time abroad to apply for other opportunities abroad after graduation.
To better understand what re-entry entails and to learn about many exciting opportunities for study abroad alumni, the Office of International Education encourages all returned students to attend Re-Entry Events, the dates of which can be found on the Events section.
We look forward to seeing you there and helping you facilitate a productive and speedy readjustment!