Orientation and Re-entry
A mandatory orientation session is scheduled by OCP for each semester to better prepare you for your adventure. The orientation will cover safety and security, health issues, packing, cross-cultural sensitivity, and will also include a Q&A time. Failing to attend the session may jeopardize your ability to go on your program.
You can prepare for your adjustment to home even before you depart for your off-campus program. The phases of your adjustment to culture shock while away will likely be mirrored upon your return home–euphoria; increasing irritation/frustration/anger or depression; gradual adjustment; adaptation
As you prepare to depart, as you have your experience away, and then as you prepare to come home, spend some time thinking and reflecting upon your own personal reactions and feelings, the reactions you will probably encounter from friends and families, and your view of your home country and normal life.
Keep your eyes open for opportunties to get involved and share your wealth of experience upon your return to campus in normal places like the classroom, small groups, and dorm living as well as in unexpected places like how you model spending your time and money.
Although there is not an official re-entry policy, OCP hopes to assist you in your transition back to the U.S. and/or campus. Upon successful completion of your program, you will receive a mailing from OCP. In the mailing you will find a Back In the U.S.A. workbook and a program evaluation form.
Back In the U.S.A. is a workbook that prepares “returnees” (individuals who have lived and studied overseas), for the transition back to life in the United States and on campus. It will also help you gain perspective on personal growth that may have occurred while you were abroad, and to begin thinking about how best to apply the experiences and skills you acquired there.