Returning to NC State

Coming home from an extended period abroad can cause a confusing mixture of feelings, both positive and negative, which can create reverse culture shock.

  • Reasons for Reverse Culture Shock
    • Things are not quite as perfect at home as imagined during the more difficult times while abroad.
    • People from home do not appreciate how significant and life-changing the study abroad experience was.
    • Returning to the ordinary.
  • Symptoms of Re-entry Shock
    • These vary in specificity and intensity from person to person.
    • Common symptom include: change in sleeping or eating habits, fatigue, irritation, problems with concentration, feelings of isolation, and depression.
  • Ways to Combat Re-entry Shock
    • It’s a balancing act of processing and remembering all that happened abroad while finding ways to fit back into life in the U.S.
    • Similar techniques that worked to help with culture shock can help with re-entry: getting involved on-campus and in the community, forming a routine, making connections with international students and future study abroad students at NC State.

North Carolina Reentry Conference: Go Beyond Abroad: designed to bring study abroad students together to share benefits and common challenges from study abroad. We hope to see many NC State students there!

  • Sharing your study abroad story
  • intercultural communication
  • culture shock
  • job search, interviews and resumes
  • international work and opportunities
  • working in international education