Welcome back from your education abroad experience! Coming home from such a life changing adventure is exciting, but also has its challenges and difficulties. Because it is a period of cultural re-adjustment and personal Welcome back from your education abroad experience! Coming home from such a life changing adventure is exciting but also has its challenges and difficulties. Because it is a period of cultural re-adjustment and personal growth, feelings of stress, unhappiness, or confusion are a very normal part of the readjustment phase. Be positive about your re-entry experience and allow it to help you look at your own culture as if you were discovering it for the first time.
Here are some suggestions and resources to help with the “re-entry” process.
Talk and share your experience with others who have had similar experiences. The staff in the Office of International Affairs has all spent time living and working abroad and would love to hear about your experiences so stop by the office and tell us your stories. We can also connect you with other returnees at UCCS. Make an effort to keep in touch with the people and other students from your program and host country.
Share your education abroad experience with others. Let the Office of International Affairs know if you would be interested in speaking with prospective education abroad students or helping with pre-departure meetings. Telling others about your experience can be a wonderful way to keep your education abroad experience alive – consider doing a campus radio interview or writing an article for The Scribe.
Get involved with multicultural activities. Look for situations in which international experiences and perspectives are appreciated. The Office of International Affairs has volunteer opportunities with international and education abroad events and assisting new international students with their adjustments. Join a student organization with an international bent. The MOSAIC Office is another place to engage in activities that carry your education abroad experience forward.