Reentry Resources

Attend one of our events to share your experience with other Roos interested in Study Abroad, and learn how to showcase your cross-cultural competence with potential employers.

Study Abroad Returnee Event

Attend a Study Abroad returnee event in the Fall or Spring. Details will be sent to you closer to the event date.

Event benefits

Reentry Adjustment and 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. Of the people returning home, 85% have some kind of reentry experience, and of those, 15% have more serious difficulties adjusting.

Common symptoms

  • Restlessness
  • Rootlessness
  • Boredom
  • Depression
  • Uncertainty
  • Confusion about the future
  • Wanting to be alone
  • Reverse homesickness — missing the people, places, attitudes or lifestyle of your host country
  • Changes in life goals and priorities
  • Negativity or intolerance toward the United States, including American behavior, attitudes, customs and common social practices

Adjusting to reentry

If you’re having difficulty with your return, think back to the adjustments you made while you were abroad. The coping skills and strategies that were successful in helping you adjust to your overseas culture will be just as helpful in making the return home.

If you are experiencing major difficulty with reentry, seek help from UMKC Counseling Services.

Market Your Study Abroad Experience

Studying abroad makes you marketable to employers.

  • Transferable skills including communication, problem-solving and adaptability
  • Ability to demonstrate cross-cultural competence and articulate lessons learned

Visit UMKC Career Services for more information.

List study abroad on your resume

  • In the education section
    • Name of college or university attended
    • City and country
    • Dates of enrollment
    • Coursework or program of study
  • Use the international and cross-cultural experience section to highlight an internship, part-time job or volunteer work completed abroad
  • Use the skills or language section of your resume to list foreign languages and specify your language skill level — basic, intermediate or fluent

Present study abroad experience in your cover letter

  • Introduce your Study Abroad experience in your opening statement
  • Mention what program you studied and the organization where you interned
  • Articulate clearly what you learned from the experience and how this will help you in the position for which you are applying

Present your Study Abroad experience in your interview

Refer to your study abroad experience when answering behavior-based questions such as explaining a challenging experience and how you handled the situation. Emphasize why you chose to study abroad and how you chose your program location.

Illustrate competencies employers seek

  • Creatively solve problems by applying familiar concepts in unfamiliar situations
  • Contribute to an ethnically diverse team
  • Take personal risks and act independently
  • Be flexible and adaptable to rapidly changing situations