Returning home
after studying abroad
Jill S. Fischer, January 30, 2014
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Study Abroad Returnee: a student coming back to
campus after studying abroad

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SA: Abbreviation for study abroad

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-Michael Paige, UofMN prof

Maximizing Study Abroad
Reentry Adjustment Curve (over simplified)
Downloaded from website, 1/16/13
http://www.esf.edu/international/adjustment.ht...
1. Boredom
2. No one wants to hear
3. You can‟t explain it
4. Reverse homesickness
5. Relationships have changed
6. People...
Returnee may feel:
 Down/sad/blah
 Unmotivated
 Unengaged in classes, work, friends, interests
 Unreasonably critical ...
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When it goes beyond „normal‟
Returnee is in an extended „rut‟
Returnee is isolating themselves for extended
p...
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Encourage Returnee to PROCESS & SHARE &
UTILIZE RESOURCES
◦ Don‟t “pack up” the experience and put it away!

◦ Some of ...
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CSL staff (Chris and Amy in Vocation; Career Counseling)
Counseling Center – don‟t have to have a “proble...
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CICE reentry email –

sent semesterly, lists resources

& upcoming events
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Email to Academic Advisors
Reentry Cla...
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CICE Website – Reentry Strategies - HUB
◦ Reentry adjustment info
◦ Links to other websites – Engaging Study
Abroad, What‟s Up With Culture, etc.
◦ Resources for ...
Jill Fischer, CICE
jfische4@gustavus.edu
Ext 7546
Study abroad returnees   student affairs jan 30, 2014
Study abroad returnees   student affairs jan 30, 2014
Study abroad returnees   student affairs jan 30, 2014
Study abroad returnees   student affairs jan 30, 2014
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Study abroad returnees student affairs jan 30, 2014

  1. 1. Returning home after studying abroad Jill S. Fischer, January 30, 2014
  2. 2.  Study Abroad Returnee: a student coming back to campus after studying abroad  SA: Abbreviation for study abroad   Reentry: the period of time immediately after study abroad; could be a long reentry or short reentry, depending on the student and their experience. (Lifelong reentry) Reentry Shock / Reentry Adjustments: “The reverse culture shock experienced when the expatriate returns to their home country” (web definition.)
  3. 3. -Michael Paige, UofMN prof Maximizing Study Abroad
  4. 4. Reentry Adjustment Curve (over simplified) Downloaded from website, 1/16/13 http://www.esf.edu/international/adjustment.htm
  5. 5. 1. Boredom 2. No one wants to hear 3. You can‟t explain it 4. Reverse homesickness 5. Relationships have changed 6. People see the wrong changes 7. People misunderstand 8. Feelings of alienation/Critical eyes 9. Inability to apply new knowledge and skills 10.Loss/Compartmentalization of Experience Adapted from Dr. Bruce La Brack, School of International Studies, University of the Pacific * Returnees may experience these challenges to varying degrees. Returnees may experience some of these, or may experience none of these – everyone is different.
  6. 6. Returnee may feel:  Down/sad/blah  Unmotivated  Unengaged in classes, work, friends, interests  Unreasonably critical of „home‟ culture  Cranky/irritable  Crying/emotional (more than normal)  Frustrated with self and/or others  Place extreme focus on experience abroad  Considered normal part of re-adjustment
  7. 7.      When it goes beyond „normal‟ Returnee is in an extended „rut‟ Returnee is isolating themselves for extended periods of time Doesn‟t seem to get better, Returnee doesn‟t seem to have any good days Returnee tells you it‟s time
  8. 8.  Encourage Returnee to PROCESS & SHARE & UTILIZE RESOURCES ◦ Don‟t “pack up” the experience and put it away! ◦ Some of the richest learning can come AFTER one‟s return from study abroad via processing the experience (reflection, sharing, picture organizing, etc.)
  9. 9.        CSL staff (Chris and Amy in Vocation; Career Counseling) Counseling Center – don‟t have to have a “problem” to visit with them; can simply want to process D-Center Academic Advising Center Jill in CICE –individual debriefing sessions Returnee‟s mentor, Academic Advisor, Profs, CF, RD, etc. Reentry Core Group - inactive-ish; want to join?
  10. 10.  CICE reentry email – sent semesterly, lists resources & upcoming events    Email to Academic Advisors Reentry Class – next fall (Intercultural Issues) Pizza and Pictures – semesterly social gathering for recent returnees  Annual Minnesota Returnee Conference (fall, being revised)   Well-Being Center (?) new ideas… Caf‟ Returnee Table, Facebook Group and CICE Sessions – discuss various topics
  11. 11.  CICE Website – Reentry Strategies - HUB
  12. 12. ◦ Reentry adjustment info ◦ Links to other websites – Engaging Study Abroad, What‟s Up With Culture, etc. ◦ Resources for Going Abroad Again ◦ Resume/Job Search/Integration/Career links ◦ Reading List ◦ How to get involved ◦ Coping Tips ◦ and more…
  13. 13. Jill Fischer, CICE jfische4@gustavus.edu Ext 7546

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