Returning home after time abroad can be both rewarding and challenging. Returnees probably have a great deal of excitement both about their program and returning home. Students may also feel a bit of reverse culture shock as they try to readjust to life back on campus.

Reverse Culture Shock & Adjustment | The unsettled feeling that can accompany one’s return from abroad is what some refer to as “reverse culture shock” and is a very common reaction for students coming home from studying abroad. Refer to the resources below for ways to help make the transition back to Washington University and St. Louis as smooth and rewarding as possible.

Reverse Culture Shock Resources

Life After Study AbroadHow to Deal with Reverse Culture Shock and Returnee Articles
Students AbroadUnderstand Reverse Culture Shock and Tips for Dealing

Washington University Resources

Office of International Students & ScholarsYou now know what it feels like to be a student in another country. Help show international students campus and life in St. Louis.
Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community EngagementVolunteer with international organizations or international populations
Student Health ServicesIf you feel like you would benefit from talking with a trained counselor, consider contacting Student Health Services.