Re-Entry Resources

Students reflect at a re-entry workshop hosted by WMU Study Abroad in August 2015

Many study abroad alumni find it helpful to reflect upon their experiences as they readjust to life at home and on campus.  Below are websites and publications that Western Michigan University recommends for comprehensive, helpful re-entry information. In addition to these resources, WMU Study Abroad hosts several re-entry workshops for students. For more information on re-entry workshops, contact Study Abroad Specialist Ryan Rounds or (269) 387-5890.

Guides to Re-Entry

Activities and Events


Study abroad transcripts

Center for Global Education’s AllAbroad—Refer to the section “Planning-Readjusting to Home” for re-entry information. 

Global Scholar—Online learning for study abroad. Developed by the Center for Education Abroad, this site offers a series of courses specifically designed to support students through the study abroad process—before you leave, while you're abroad and once you return.          

It's Your World—'s pre-departure handbook for students. Refer to Part V for re-entry information.

What's Up With Culture—Online cultural training resource for study abroad. Refer to Module 2: “Welcome Back! Now What?”


Useful books and articles

  • Austin, Clyde. "Cross-Cultural Re-entry: A Book of Readings." Abilene, Texas: Abilene Christian University Press, 1986.

  • Hess, J. Daniel. "Studying Abroad/Learning Abroad: An Abridged Edition of the Whole World Guide to Culture Learning." Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press, 1997.

  • Kauffman, Norman L., Martin, Judith N., and Weaver, Henry D. "Students Abroad: Strangers at Home." Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press, 1992.

  • Kohls, L. Robert. "Survival Kit for Overseas Living." Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press, 1996.

  • Martin, Judith N. "Patterns of Communication in Three Types of Reentry Relationships: An Exploratory Study." Western Journal of Speech Communication. v50 n2 Spring 1986, p.183-99.

  • Paige, R. Michael, Andrew D. Cohen, Barbara Kappler, Julie C. Chi and James P. Lassegard. "Maximizing Study Abroad: A Student's Guide to Strategies for Language and Culture Learning and Use." Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota, 2002.

  • Raschio, R.A. "College Students' Perceptions of Reverse Culture Shock and Reentry Adjustments." Journal of College Student Development. 1987, p. 156-162.

  • Storti, Craig. The Art of Crossing Cultures." Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press, 1990.

  • Storti, Craig. "The Art of Coming Home. Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press, 1997.

  • Summerfield, Ellen. "Survival Kit for Multicultural Living." Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press, 1997.

  • Uchara, A. "The Nature of American Student Reentry Adjustment and Perception of the Sojourn Experience." International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 1986, p. 415-438.