As the end of the fall semester nears, many of your students are beginning to think about their return to the U.S. You might consider sharing the Jim Citron and Vija Mendelson’s article, “Coming Home: Relationships, Roots, and Unpacking” (Transitions Abroad, July/August 2005) with students who will return this month. This Standard 4 Toolbox Resource stands the test of time, and will help returnees process their feelings about re-entry.
If you are seeking to integrate re-entry activities into the curriculum at your institution, the “Culture in Culture” assignment from “Preparing to Work in a Global Economy,” available in the Education Abroad Digital Resource Center,* provides one possible model.
Looking for some recent research on re-entry to inform your programming? Check out Kelsey M. Gray and Victor Savicki’s, “Study Abroad Reentry: Behavior, Affect, and Cultural Distance” in Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad.
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