When students return from studying abroad, they sometimes have a second period of culture shock (commonly called “Reverse Culture Shock”) as they adapt to being back in their home country. Fortunately, study abroad students have adjusted to a different culture once, and with a little support, they can pull strategies and coping mechanisms from their first culture shock experience to better navigate this second culture shock experience.
Below are many resources that can help students:
Going Abroad Again
- Study abroad opportunities over summer or school breaks
- Research abroad opportunities
- WIVA: Work, Intern, Volunteer Abroad
- Fellowship and Scholarship opportunities
Keeping Your International Experience Alive
- Many student organizations are internationally focused
- Study abroad alumni have the exclusive opportunity to speak about their experiences on panels (admissions open houses, pre-departure orientation, etc.), at the study abroad fair, to students interested in studying abroad, and more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a study abroad alumni who hasn’t already notified us of your interests!
- In Ohio (and beyond) there are many internationally focused companies looking for volunteers, interns and more. Here is a short list: Global Ties, Cleveland Council for World Affairs, Refugee Response, the International Institute of Akron, US Together Inc., Peace Corps, etc.
Study Abroad Returnee Conferences
- Northeast Ohio Study Abroad Returnee Conference (NEOSARC): Save the Date! Join returned study abroad students from institutions across Northeast Ohio on Sept. 17, 2016, at Kent State University to learn resume and interview techniques for marketing your study abroad experiences, continue to adjust back to life in the U.S., network with other internationally minded students and professionals across Northeast Ohio, and more. Email email@example.com for more information.
- Lessons from Abroad Regional Returnee Conferences
- Additional Regional Returnee Conferences: Download a list of upcoming events
- Turning Your Frustrations Into Action
- How to Help – Advice from Students to Parents
- Top Ten Challenges of Returning Home