Returning to the United States after living abroad can be just as difficult and challenging as your first weeks or months abroad!  Called “reverse cultural stress,” coming home is a transition that takes time and effort to do successfully.  While you probably haven’t even left your host country yet, it’s important to start preparing now for your return home.  In addition to following the steps in the checklists below, familiarize yourself with re-entry adjustment/reverse culture shock and read “Preparing to Return Home: Quick Tips."

Pre-return checklist for students on semester/year/summer exchanges, consortium, or non-UMSL programs:

Here is a checklist to help you prepare academically, personally, and mentally for your return home:
ACADEMIC:

 PERSONAL:

Program Completion Checklist for all students

As you may notice, being back can be as challenging as your first few days and weeks in your host country! The Study Abroad Office is here to help you however possible with your readjustment to life in the U.S.  In order to make a successful transition back to UMSL, please complete the following steps:

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The Study Abroad office is here to help you however possible with your readjustment to life in the US.  As you may have noticed, being back can be as challenging as your first few days and weeks in your host country! We hope that you will continue to be involved in international activities here on the UMSL campus through activities such as meeting international students, practicing foreign languages, and entering the international photo contest in the spring semester. Here are some other ways to stay involved with Study Abroad. For more information, review the “Post Program Opportunities” link in the navigation menu. There, you will find information on volunteer opportunities, certificate programs, tips to update your resume, and information on going abroad again.

We would also enjoy the opportunity to speak with you personally about your experience.  Please stop by the Study Abroad office when you're back on campus; we can't wait to hear your stories and see your pictures.