Re-entry

If you've just returned to the U.S. from your study abroad experience,

WELCOME BACK!


What's Next?

If you've studied abroad, you are cordially invited to attend a re-entry workshop at the beginning of the fall semester. We'll cover information on:

  • How to adjust to re-entry shock in the US
  • Opportunities for the Fulbright and other major scholarships and fellowships
  • Excellent services provided by UofL's Career Center and how to market your experience for potential employers or graduate schools

For a list of workshop dates and times:

DateTimeLocation
September 105:00-6:00 pmEkstrom W104
September 115:00-6:00 pmEkstrom W104

    Re-entry Shock

    Many study abroad students say that the re-entry phase, in which a study abroad student returns to the U.S. and readjusts to American culture, is the most difficult phase.

    Understand that like culture shock, reverse culture shock is perfectly normal and even expected.

    Symptoms may include:

    • Boredom
    • Restlessness
    • "Host-country-sickness" (missing people and places from your study abroad program)
    • Nostalgia
    • Frustration
    • Impatience
    • Negativity towards home culture
    • Irritability
    • Hostility

      "There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged
      to find how you yourself have altered."
      ~Nelson Mandela

      How to Deal With Reverse Culture Shock

      • Continue reflecting on your experience. If you journaled during your study abroad experience, continue writing and reflecting on your feelings and perceptions.
      • Understand that you are not alone and that most if not all study abroad students are dealing with reverse culture shock.
      • If you are interested in attending a "Study Abroad Returnees Meet & Greet" for students who have returned from their study abroad experiences, please email us so our office can gauge interest.
      • Stay connected with the friends you made while abroad.
      • Volunteer! It's common for friends and family of study abroad students to not fully understand or be as enthusiastic about your experience. If you're still eager to talk about your experiences and adventures, volunteer for the Office of Study Abroad & International Travel! As a returnee, you're our greatest resource for motivating students to study abroad! If you'd like to volunteer, please contact our office. We'd be happy to have you speak at classroom presentations, information sessions, or the Study Abroad Fair.
      • Get to know our international students on campus! They may be experiencing similar situations like you did when you studied abroad, so you can serve as a guide and help them transition at UofL.

      Helpful Websites on Dealing With Reverse Culture Shock

      International Studies Abroad: Life After Study Abroad

      Study Abroad Student Handbook Worldwide: Reverse Culture Shock

      University Studies Abroad Consortium: Re-Entry/ Reverse Culture Shock