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Education Abroad

International Programs and Services
Bechtel International Center
3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95211

Return From Your Trip

Welcome Back!

For some, coming home is much anticipated while others dread the end of their time abroad. Coming home to a familiar environment can feel anything but familiar, no matter your feelings on returning. Often students experience a period of transition while abroad, and can face challenges reacclimating and dealing with reverse culture shock.

Reverse Culture Shock

It makes sense to be prepared for culture shock when moving to a new country. You anticipate the challenges of new social norms, customs, and perhaps a new language. Cross Cultural Training I is designed to give you the knowledge and the tools to cope with this challenge.
What students don't expect is reverse culture shock. Very similar to culture shock, reverse culture shock can manifest itself in initial feelings of joy and excitement to be home, followed by a period of perhaps frustration, irritability, depression, or withdrawal; all the symptoms of culture shock, only faced at home. It's important to know that these feelings will pass. They may stem from boredom, because living abroad was more exciting, or from changes within yourself and your lifestyle after being exposed to new ways of living. Perhaps you feel like you do not fit into the spaces you left behind, but you will readjust.

The INTL 161 2-unit course is designed to provide a space to process these feelings, information on acclimation, and to help you make the best use of your experience as a way to enrich your studies and your life.  If you loved being abroad and didn't miss home as much as you expected, this course could be especially good for you! 

  • INTL 151 and INTL 161 combined fulfill Pacific's Diversity Requirement

Getting Involved at Pacific

 Reverse culture shock is often associated with "alienation," or distancing oneself. Even if you don't experience reverse culture shock, it can be difficult to readjust to Pacific and american life in general. It helps to remain involved, and to try and broaden your social network. You can meet new people who won't be comparing you to the person you were before you left.
Clubs and sports are a fantastic way to get involved. Go to club fairs, sign up for intramurals, join a volunteering group, there are many avenues out there!
View Pacific Clubs and Organizations >

Housing After Abroad

While you are abroad you will need to acquire housing for the following semester. You will have two options: On-campus or Off-campus.

  • Acquiring housing for the following semester is more imperative for those who are abroad in the fall than for those who travel in alumnithe spring.
    • In the fall, there is only a short break between the end of the fall semester and the beginning of the spring semester
    • Those who travel abroad in the spring have the summer as a buffer period to acquire housing for the following fall.
  • If you wish to live on campus following your trip abroad, it is important to:
    • For those abroad in the spring, the following year's student  housing agreement will be released while you are abroad. You will need to sign it before you can apply for on campus housing. Furthermore, the deadline to apply for fall housing will occur while you are abroad.
  • If you decide to live off campus the semester following your trip abroad, you will need to be conscious of a few things
    • Pacific will not be able to assist you in your search
    • If you travelled in the fall, it may be difficult to find off campus housing for only one semester. Most landlords prefer a yearlong lease.