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Reverse Culture Shock & Marketing your Experience Abroad

You may find that readjusting to life in the U.S. is more difficult than the adjustment you made to a new culture several months ago. If so, there are a number of resources that may be helpful as you make the adjustment to being back "home." Here are a few:

One of the best ways to work through reverse culture shock is to incorporate what you've learned abroad into your everyday life back home in your local community and live out your commitment to global citizenship. See the next section for some ideas around opportunities to engage with the international community on-campus and in the Denver area.

Engage at DU
Engage in the Denver Community 
  • DU's Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning offers service opportunities with community partners in multiple issue areas, including human rights; immigration, refugee, and international issues; education; poverty, homelessness, and affordable housing; and gender issues. Search DU Something: Volunteer for opportunities to get involved.
  • Teach English as a second language (ESL) classes on campus to DU employees through Intercambio de Comunidades.
  • Mi Casa Denver works towards increasing the self-sufficiency of low-income Latinas and youth. The website provides a complete list of volunteer opportunities as well as a list of needed items for possible donation.
  • The Museo de Las Americas is a museum meant to educate the public about Latino Americano art and culture.
  • Project CURE provides medical supplies to countries in need. Volunteers will do a variety of tasks, ranging from the search for and collection of supplies to sorting and sending those supplies to various countries.
  • The African Community Center of Denver welcomes newcomers who have had to flee persecution within their home country.
  • Denver Sister Cities International works towards promoting peace through the mutual understanding that comes with the immersion of different cultures. Through DSCI, Denver is connected to many international cities, her “sister cities." Activities may include presenting information on a city to elementary schools, planning and implementing pen pal exchange programs, or fundraising.
  • The Colorado Refugee English as a Second Language Program (CRESL) serves adult refugees who have recently resettled in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs.
  • Alliance Française de Denver works to educate the Denver community on the French language and culture.
  • The Denver Bulldogs is an Australian Rules Football Club based in Denver that actively recruits new members (women and men).
  • World Denver offers the chance for the public to ask questions of world affairs experts. They also lead programs abroad and coordinate exchanges between schools and businesses.
  • The Conference on World Affairs at CU-Boulder is a conference which hosts hundreds of forums about every conceivable topic, ranging from international issues to art. Attendees have the opportunity to choose which forums they would like to attend, and they sit in on debates for those forums which are usually followed by an interactive discussion between the debaters and the audience.
  • The Posner Center for International Development hosts a variety of non-profit organizations and events.
  • The World Affairs Challenge is often seeking interns, judges, and mentors for high school participants.
  • The Denver Council on Foreign Relations hosts lectures year round on a variety of interesting international topics.
  • The Mosaic Multicultural Foundation promotes harmony through dialogue and sponsor a number of education events.
Go Abroad Again

Has your study abroad experience left you eager for another international experience? There are several ways for you to go abroad again.

More opportunities to study internationally as a DU Student:

  • The Office of Special Programs offers interterm travel courses.
  • Several academic departments also offer programs during interterms. Contact your major advisor to see if there are any such programs in your department. 
  • Study Abroad again through the OIE! If your academic schedule allows it, why not do another term abroad. Summer study abroad is also available through unaffiliated programs. Pay attention to application deadlines!

Graduate Studies Abroad:

Some universities around the world welcome international students for graduate degrees. Many of them do not require a placement exam like the GRE or GMAT and offer one-year masters degree programs. Best of all, many of these universities have more reasonable tuition fees than you will find in the US, yet with a comparable quality of education. It is also possible to apply US Federal Financial Aid towards your studies at recognized institutions. Certain countries, like the United Kingdom, will give you a 1- or 2-year work visa upon completion of an advanced degree in their country. To learn more, visit the following websites:

Internships, Work, and ServiceAbroad:

*Although the University of Denver has listed these websites here, their presence on our website is not an official endorsement or recommendation of these institutions. These are here only for ideas.