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Reverse Culture Shock

After the initial "honeymoon stage" of being home has passed, students often experience  "re-entry shock" or "reverse culture shock."

Similar to the period of cultural adjustment you went through after first arriving in your study abroad location, you might experience:

  • Boredom
  • Difficulty articulating your experience
  • Reverse homesickness
  • Changed relationships
  • Feelings of alienation
  • Inability to apply new knowledge and skills
  • Fear of losing the experience
  • Critical/negative views of your culture

These feelings are all perfectly normal; in fact, they signal that you had a successful study abroad experience in which you grew, changed, and developed new perspectives on life. If you're experiencing these feelings, you're probably eager to figure out how to move as quickly as possible from the "reverse culture shock" stage to the more comfortable re-adjustment stage.