A Letter for Returning Students

Dear Study Abroad Program Participant:

On behalf of the entire Study Abroad team at the International Academic Programs, welcome back from your study abroad program! I hope that your experience was both personally and academically rewarding and that you have returned to UMKC with new learning and insight that you will put to good use on campus, in our community, and in your own life wherever it takes you.

We are very interested in learning about your experience, and ask that you complete the Study Abroad Program Evaluation. Please answer each question as honestly and fully as you can. The information you provide will be used to advise future study abroad students and to help us maintain the quality of our study abroad offerings.

The period of re-entry to the United States after studying abroad can be a time of great learning, but it can also be very stressful. You may find our information about reverse culture shock helpful. We welcome your comments on this information and encourage you to come in and talk with us about your own experience with re-entry.

In addition, if you have not done so already, please update your contact information online so that we can update your local address and phone number and find out which activities you might want to become involved in as a study abroad alum. Please check off any of the activities that interest you so we can contact you with additional information about how you can become involved.

Finally, I welcome your suggestions about activities and programming that would be beneficial to returning study abroad participants. Please feel free to send your comments to me at wozniakkj@umkc.edu. I know that I speak for all of the study abroad advisors in the International Center when I say that we truly look forward to meeting with you face-to-face to hear about your study abroad experience. Please make a point of coming to the International Center to share your adventures, stories, and photos.

Again, welcome back!

Kate Wozniak
Study Abroad Coordinator

Resources for Returning Students

2013 Returnee Handbook (DOC)

Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience to Employers (PDF)

International Opportunities After Graduation

Reverse Culture Shock

The unsettled feeling that can accompany one‘s return from abroad is what some refer to as “reverse culture shock” and is a very common reaction for students coming home from studying abroad. Feelings can range from the sense that nobody understands how you‘ve changed, to feeling panicked that you will lose part of your identity if you don‘t have an outlet to pursue the new interests that were sparked abroad. According to professionals in the field of International Education, 85% of people returning home have some kind of re-entry experience, and of those, 15% have more serious difficulties adapting to their return. If you‘re having difficulty with your return you may wish to seek counseling. Information for the University of Missouri Kansas City Counseling Center is below.

UMKC Counseling Center
4825 Troost Building, Suite 206
Kansas City, Missouri 64110-2499
Phone: 816-235-1635