When They Return
Your child will have changed as a result of his or her time abroad. He or she has just completed an experience that changed the way he or she views the world. It is normal for your student to experience some difficulties readjusting to life in the US, at TU, or at home.
Here are a few areas that your son or daughter may experience difficulties in readjusting:
- Relationships with family and friends, including boyfriends or girlfriends
- Returning to TU and their regular routine
- Readjusting to the US lifestyle
- Incorporating personal growth and changes into life in the U.S.
- Keeping alive their friendships and other connections made while studying abroad.
Many parents report that the most difficult part of their student’s study abroad experience is the re-entry. The School for International Training has prepared a very useful guide for families about what to expect when their son or daughter returns from studying abroad. Click here to download a copy of their publication, Surviving Re-Entry: A Readjustment Manual.
Here are a few tips of how you can help your son or daughter with the re-entry phase of study abroad:
- Expect your son or daughter to have a period of transition upon return, sometimes as long as the period he or she was abroad.
- Consult the CGE’s information for students on reverse culture shock.
- Continue your enthusiasm for your son or daughter's experience in the months after he or she returns home. Students often report that they find it difficult when their friends and family loose interest in their experience!
- Encourage your son or daughter to apply to become a Peer Advisor.
- Support them with their desire to continue their involvement with the international education community at TU. It is not uncommon for returnees to go abroad again, as part of an internship, a full-time job, or with assistance of a major scholarship.
- Contact the CGE if you have additional concerns about your child’s readjustment from studying abroad.