We know that the transition home can be difficult – trust us, we've been there. The readjustment process affects everyone differently, but it's helpful to familiarize yourself with the symptoms and stages of reverse culture shock. We also have some suggestions on how to ease the transition back home:
- Come to a returned student workshop (check Events & Info Sessions for exact dates and times). This is a great opportunity to connect with other returned students (who can really relate to what you're going through), meet incoming exchange students from your host region, and learn about opportunities on campus and in your community, as well as ways to go abroad again.
- Fill out a Student Report and register for the Go Global Student Directory. This is a great way to reflect on your exchange experience, while at the same time helping other prospective exchange students by giving them the inside scoop on your partner university and country.
- Get involved on campus or in the community. Students often come back from exchange with a desire to get involved, but may not know where to begin. Check out our Resources page and come to a returned student workshop for helpful tips.
- Keep connected to your host culture. Practice the language you learned on exchange, take classes at UBC about your region, eat your favourite delicacies. We're lucky to live in such a multicultural area of the world, so take advantage of all the international organizations, restaurants, and festivals that BC has to offer!
Don't be afraid to seek help. UBC has some great resources, including personal counselling at Health & Wellness.
Last reviewed 6/29/2012 3:15:04 PM