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  • Returning from Abroad
  • Welcome back! You completed your study abroad experience, immersed yourself in a new culture, made new friends, and traveled the world while earning school credit.

    Now that it's over, you may be feeling a bit of reverse culture shock - disconnected from your home here, including family and friends, and confused by the lack of cultural awareness and understanding of those around you. Returning from study abroad can be a challenging experience in itself; it's important to recognize these feelings and take steps to readjust and remain connected with your global experience.

    Staying Connected with your Global Experience

    • Email photos to for inclusion on the @NewSchoolStudyAbroad Instagram page. Be sure to include your name and the location where your photo was taken.
    • Become a Global Ambassador. This new program will allow you to share your experiences with other New School students who are planning for their study abroad. If you're interested in becoming a Global Ambassador, email
    • Join a New School student organization related to your experience or newfound interests.
    • Explore international career options: Meet with a Career Services advisor (schedule an appointment through Starfish) to talk about options for returning abroad after graduation and ways to highlight your study abroad experience on your resumé.
    • Add an international component to your education. Ask your academic advisor for help finding electives with a global perspective or consider minoring in Global Studies or a foreign language. Get more information about university minors.
    • Explore the many international experiences available in New York City, a truly global city. Go to the Rubin Museum to learn about Himalayan art (it's free with your NewCard!); visit excellent Chinese restaurants in Flushing, Queens; attend a performance in French at the French Institute; view an art show at the Cuban Art Space - countless opportunities await you.

    Adjustment and Transition Suggestions

    If you're finding your return to be particularly challenging, consider meeting with a counselor.  Appointment information can be found on The New School's Counseling Services website.

    The website has prepared a helpful website on recognizing, treating, and preventing post–study abroad depression.

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