Office of Global Citizenship

Re-entry to the U.S.

Returning to life back in the U.S. can be emotionally challenging for students because they may experience reverse culture shock. Such reactions are more likely for semester-long programs than for short-term, intensive experiences abroad. Faculty should consult with students about how to prepare for the transition back to life in the U.S. The website for the Office of Global Citizenship has useful information for students to cope with their transition. Program leaders should consult the section to help students reflect on their experiences and to make a successful transition back to life in the U.S.

In addition, faculty leaders of study abroad experiences are required to perform two final administrative tasks. First, the leaders shall provide copies of student evaluations of the program. These evaluations should be completed anonymously by the students and they should address issues related to the quality of the program’s activities, educational content, logistics, and instruction. Second, the leaders shall provide a final written report on the study abroad experience. The report should include the following elements: summary of the activities and student experience, actual expenditures, any Clery or Title IX matters that arose on the trip, leader’s reflection on the experience and how to improve it in the future.