Returning to Campus
Reverse Culture Shock
Just as you had to adjust to life abroad; you will likely experience a similar adjustment period after you return from your study abroad program. You’ll find that no matter the length of your study abroad program, you’ll come back enriched by the experience. You’ll view life at home through a different lens and you may find “home” is not quite as you remembered.
- If you’ve participated in a Rutgers faculty-led short-term summer or winter program, your course grade and credits will show up on your transcript automatically.
- If you’ve participated in a study abroad program where you’ve enrolled at a partner university or study abroad provider, they will send an official transcript to the Rutgers Global-Study Abroad office after the completion of your program. Keep in mind, it may take 6-12 weeks for the transcript to be received. Refer to the Academic Planning page at Rutgers Global for more information.
- Please communicate directly with your academic advisor if a course you took while studying abroad is a pre-requisite for a course back at Rutgers. You may need assistance registering.
You’ve completed a study abroad program. Now what? How do you leverage the experience into your professional life? Reflect on your experience. How did your study abroad program shape (or reshape) your career goals? While concrete skills like fieldwork or research methods may come to mind first, don’t discount the intangible social skills you’ve gained. These include intercultural communication skills, navigating through unfamiliar environments (possibly through foreign languages), and learning how culture influences academic and work life. OGE advisors and Career exploration advisors can assist you in reflecting on your experiences and connecting them to your career journey.