Returning from Study Abroad

Reverse Culture Shock

Returning to the U.S. can be an unsettling mixture of pleasure and pain. Pleasure because one is returning to all that is familiar in the U.S., and pain at leaving all that one has grown to love in the host country. Unfortunately, leaving a new home, new friends, and a new culture can make one’s return to the U.S. more complicated than simply stepping off the plane. Reverse culture shock consists of feeling out of place in your own country, or having a sense of disorientation. While everything is familiar, you feel different. Even walking through the airport and hearing American English spoken can be a very surreal experience.

Share Your Experiences on Campus

From sitting at a study abroad table, to participating in open houses, to working at the International Festival, to speaking to a class, we offer many opportunities to share your experiences with our campus. Let other students know about what your time abroad was like and why they should study abroad too.


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