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Welcome Home: Helping Students Transition From Education Abroad

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Welcome Home: Helping Students Transition From Education Abroad
Bard College
January 1, 2014
Jodi Andersen
Personal Background
Participated in a cultural and language immersion program with the School of International Training in Granada, Spain
Volunteered teaching English with a grassroots nonprofit in rural Nicaragua
Served as the student affairs liaison for Alfred State College's service trip to Haiti
Participated in a re-entry program for Alfred State College's study and volunteer abroad programs
Our goals for today...
Review "reverse culture shock" and the "re-entry worm"
Explore issues students face when returning from abroad
Examine successful re-entry strategies
Small group activity
Students returning
from abroad may
struggle with:
Pace of life
Consumerism
Personal communication/relationships
Returning to school
Worldview
Self-image
What is
Re-entry?
Re-entry is the process of returning home after spending time abroad.
During re-entry, students may need to:
process emotional challenges
connect with others through civic engagement
integrate their new experiences into their academic and professional life
find ways to continue to embody the global understanding that they experienced abroad.
World Learning SIT Study Abroad. (2008). After study abroad: a toolkit for returning students. Retrieved from http://www.worldlearning.org/OurWorld_documents/SIT
StudyAbroadReentryToolkit.pdf
What is
The "Re-entry Worm"?
The re-entry worm is created by Margaret D. Pusch to illustrate the range of emotions students can experience when returning from study abroad
The worm does not represent all students' experiences
These emotions can happen in any order
World Learning SIT Study Abroad. (2008). After study abroad: a toolkit for returning students. Retrieved from http://www.worldlearning.org/OurWorld_documents/SIT
StudyAbroadReentryToolkit.pdf
SIT Study Abroad. (2008). The readjustment manual for parents: a handbook for parents of students returning from studying abroad. Retrieved from http://
www.sit.edu/SSA_Other_documents/parent_reentry_handbook.pdf
Grocery Shopping
Reentry experience is unique and many aspects of a students' life can be affected.
Getting Places
Socializing with Friends
At Home
School
Personal/Emotional Aspects of Re-Entry
STRATEGIES
Make students aware of the importance and challenges of re-entry.
Facilitate conversations about apprehensions and expectations of returning home.
Encourage journaling to reflect on time abroad and challenges in returning.
Advocate serving as a study abroad ambassador.
Refer to on-campus counseling.
Civic Engagement & Social Action
STRATEGIES
Encourage the student to link their experiences in their host country to political and social action at home.
Advocate connecting to immigrant community.
Refer to a student group connected to their host country or another international student group on your campus.
Suggest the student stay connected to their host culture.
Academic Re-Integration
STRATEGIES
Offer opportunties for the student to complete assignments and research connected to the host country and program-related topics of interest (where possible).
Provide information about conferences and seminars that relate to the host country and/or opportunities for undergraduate research conferences.
Get the student involved in freshman orientation to encourage students to study abroad.
Professional Development
STRATEGIES
Assist the student in identifying professional fields that draw on their area of interest, as it may have changed since studying abroad.
Provide resources of programs, organizations, and institutions in the host country where they can find potential internships/jobs.
Explore how to use study abroad experience on their resume.
Citations
Hadis, Benjamin F. (2008). Why are they better students when they come back? determinants of academic focusing gains in the study abroad experience. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 11, 57-70.

McMurtrie, Beth. (2007). Study abroad numbers continue to climb, trips are shorter, report says. Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n12 pA36.

SIT Study Abroad. (2008). The readjustment manual for parents: a handbook for parents of students returning from studying abroad. Retrieved from http://www.sit.edu/SSA_Other_documents/parent_reentry_handbook.pdf

Woody, Stacey. (n.d.). Programming for reentry: Issues and solutions for study abroad returnees. Retrieved from http://www.transitionsabroad.com/publications/magazine/9803/programming_for_reentry_from_study_abroad.shtml

World Learning. (2008). After study abroad: a toolkit for returning students. Retrieved from http://www.worldlearning.org/OurWorld_documents/SITStudyAbroadReentryToolkit.pdf
The percentage of students who study abroad is up 8.5%,
and the majority of them (62.8%) will experience some form of reverse culture shock.
Hadis, Benjamin F. (2008). Why are they better students when they come back? determinants of academic focusing gains in the study abroad experience. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 11, 57-70.
McMurtrie, Beth. (2007). Study abroad numbers continue to climb, trips are shorter, report says. Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n12 pA36.
questions?
What do you think students struggle with
when they return from study abroad?
Small Group Activity
What did you write on your pre-test?
Were you surprised by anything in the presentation?
Do you have any experiences with re-entry that you have either personally experienced or seen in students you work with?
World Learning SIT Study Abroad. (2008). After study abroad: a toolkit for returning students. Retrieved from http://www.worldlearning.org/OurWorld_documents/SIT StudyAbroadReentryToolkit.pdf
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