How to deal with reverse culture shock after studying abroad

Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and life-changing experiences you’ll have. But like all good things, it will come to an end. In How to Make the Most of a Study Abroad Experience, I shared what I would have done differently in my own semester abroad in Florence, Italy. But going away and exploring a foreign land is only half of the experience. Coming home is the other. You’ve just spent a few months to a year assimilating into another culture, and now you have to reassimilate into your home culture. It’s called reverse culture shock. This period of re-entry taught me more about myself than the semester in Italy had. Here’s my best advice for those returning from studying abroad.

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Travel TipsMegan Van Groll