Reverse culture shock, or re-entry, is simply a common reaction to returning home from studying
abroad. It is an emotional and psychological stage of re-adjustment, similar to your initial
adjustment to living abroad. Symptoms can range from feeling like no one understands you or how
you’ve changed to feeling panicked that you will lose part of your identity if you don’t have an outlet
to pursue new interests that were sparked abroad. Your reactions to re-entry may vary, but common
This process will be similar to the culture shock you may have experienced when you first went abroad, only in reverse. Just as it took time to adjust to a different culture when you arrived there, it may take some time to re-adjust to home.
The coping skills and strategies that were successful in helping you to adjust to your host culture will be just as helpful coming home:
You're not alone! Use the following resources: