Study Abroad Information Sessions
Wednesdays 5-6 pm in SSC 150
Fridays 2-3 pm in SSC 150
*every week except for holidays, dead week & finals week
Most students tell us that the hardest part of the Study Abroad experience is coming home! The deeper and more meaningful the experience you had abroad, the more challenging the re-entry process will be. Not to worry – just like “culture shock,” the growing pains of "Re-entry Shock" are usually short-lived and a normal part of the process. Before you know it, you will find a way to incorporate your new perspectives and way of being into your life here in the U.S., effectively integrating back into your home culture.
The best way to prepare yourself for re-entry to the U.S. is to inform yourself about the process before you come home. Remember how much you worked to prepare yourself for the cultural experience abroad? Successful re-entry requires the same amount of effort. You have likely grown and changed (at least a little) and it's worth taking the time to consider how these changes will affect your relationships and lifestyle back home.
Please see the “Cultural Adjustment” link for helpful information and articles. And don’t forget – Team Study Abroad is here for you!! We’ve all been there, and we have plenty of tissue in our office if ever you’re in need for some genuine empathy! Lean on us.
Another wonderful way to incorporate your international adventure into your life back in the U.S. is to get involved in the international academic community at CS, Chico. You'll find several opportunities for getting involved on the "Alumni" portion of our page.