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Education Abroad

Reverse Culture Shock

Upon returning to your home country, you may experience a sense of disorientation or feeling of being out of place. This is called return shock or reverse culture shock. These feelings and the readjustment process associated with them are completely normal, and it is a temporary transitional state than many study abroad returnees encounter.

Culture shock is expected when you go abroad but students usually don’t anticipate how difficult it may be to readjust to their own culture upon return. Typically, students who easily adjusted to their host culture experience a greater sense of return shock than those who had a more difficult adjustment. Part of the difficulty for many students is that it is so unexpected. Being aware about this phenomenon can help you deal with it.

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