When You Return
Prepare for reverse culture shock
Everyone reacts differently to coming home, but it is common for students to experience difficulty re-adjusting to American culture. Often, the more acculturated you were to the country you were visiting, the more you experience reverse culture shock. Similar to the culture shock of adjusting to culture outside of the United States, it takes time and patience to re-adjust. Here are links to several good articles on reverse culture shock:
Attend the Study Abroad Office Re-Entry Seminar
This is an opportunity for returning students to share experiences, meet other students who have studied abroad, and overcome some of the struggles of reverse culture shock upon returning to the U.S. and K-State.
Ensure that the transcript for classes you have taken abroad has been sent to KSU
Most students will need to submit a request to their host university or program provider to have their transcript from the university or institution abroad to KSU. This should be sent to:
Study Abroad Office
304 Fairchild Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
You can monitor whether or not your transcript has been received by logging in to
your KSU online application. If the box next to "Transcripts received from host institution"
is checked, your transcript has been received by KSU.
Read and e-sign the "Credit transfer information" document on your KSU online application
- Log in to your KSU online study abroad application by going to http://ksu.studioabroad.com
- Click on "KSU CAS login" in the upper right-hand corner
- Log in using your current K-State user ID and password
- Click on the name of your study abroad program application
- Open the "Credit transfer information" signature document, read it, and e-sign at the bottom
Get involved with international activities at K-State
The following groups might be of interest to you on your return:
- International Buddies
International Buddies is a program designed to assist incoming international students with their transition to K-State. It gives participants an opportunity to learn about other languages and cultures and is an easy way to meet international students and make lasting friendships.
For more information visit: http://www.k-state.edu/oip/buddies or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Study Abroad Mentors (SAM)
Represent the country & city where you studied abroad and share your experiences with other students interested in study abroad. SAM is advised by the Study Abroad Office and as a member you will be invited to different events as well as be put in contact with K-State students who would like to study abroad in the area which you studied. For more information email: email@example.com
- International Coordinating Council (ICC)
The International Coordinating Council is a student organization whose mission is to foster good relationships between international students and Americans by working with different international organizations at K-State and hosting various events, like the annual International Championships.
For more information visit: http://www.k-state.edu/icc or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Study Abroad Advocates (SAA)
SAA exists to promote and educate students about the advantages of studying abroad and help with any questions or concerns they may have. It is run through the College of Business, but is open to all K-State students. For more information visit: http://saa.cba.ksu.edu or email: email@example.com
Learn how to record your experience on a resume!
Visit with Career and Employment Services for help with including your study abroad experience on a resume and to increase your career marketability!
Thinking of going abroad again?
Speak with someone in the Study Abroad Office; there are always more opportunities for you!