It is often difficult for international travelers to adjust back to life in the US after studying or traveling abroad. “Re-entry adjustment” or “reverse culture shock” are very common reactions. Persons who are having difficulties upon return should think back to the adjustments made to succeed while adjusting to life abroad. The coping skills and strategies that were successful then should be just as helpful in making the return home. If personal coping skills and strategies are not helping in adjusting back to life in the US, and feelings of depression or other mental health concerns are present, contact the University’s Health and Counseling Center (HCC) at 303.871.2205. For after-hours mental health concerns, call 303.871.3000 and ask to speak with the counselor on-call.
[Note: Students may find an article from the DU Clarion ("How to cope with the 'Post-Abroad Blues'") helpful and insightful concerning the challenges of returning home after studying abroad.