Returning Home

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We hope you had an amazing time on your Exchange. You're probably wondering, "What now?"

Required for Exchange and Study Abroad:

  • Complete your online submission of courses on the Transfer Credit Portal. You will not receive credit for courses you’ve completed on Exchange unless you complete the transfer credit process. If you can’t remember when or if you already completed this, you can log back in and review your submissions.

Recommended for all:

  • Complete a Student Report. What was orientation like at your partner university? Did you find housing on campus? What costs were involved in your experience abroad? What skills did you learn in your co-op placement? Would you recommend your partner school to other UBC students? Give us the inside scoop on your partner university and country here: enter a student report!
  • Put your name in the student directory. Make yourself available for future students going to your partner university by putting your name in the student directory.
  • See an academic advisor. We recommend that you look over your degree (so far) with an academic advisor after your time away. This will help confirm that you are where you should be and that you haven't missed any important details.
  • Come see us. This is very important if you didn't sent a postcard; we want to hear from you!

Common post-exchange myths

Just as many myths exist about what happens when you get back from an exchange as there are about going on Exchange. Here are a few key myths that we wish to dispel about what happens after your Exchange experience.

Myth #1: Returning home is easier than going away

In most cases, people who have lived abroad often find that the adjustment home is more difficult than the adjustment to their host country. We expect to meet challenges when we enter a new place and culture, but not when we return home to the place we know and love – or thought we knew and loved. Luckily, there are lots of ways to deal with the transition home.

Myth #2: Transferring credit is hard

Ideally, you will already have completed your course requests while on Exchange with our online transfer credit system. If you haven't done this yet, don't worry: all the information you’ll need is listed on that site.

Myth #3: You're back in BC, and now your adventures are over

Kelowna may not be Tokyo or Istanbul, but there are plenty of opportunities to maintain your international perspective on campus, academically, socially, and in the wider community. There are also tons of opportunities to go abroad again, whether for Study Abroad programs, a Group Study Program, or internships and work placements. Connect with your Go Global advisor for options.

Transitioning Home

We know that the transition home can be difficult – trust us, we've been there! The readjustment process affects everyone differently, and it can be helpful to familiarize yourself with the symptoms and stages of reverse culture shock.

Here are some suggestions for how to ease into the transition once you’re back home.

  • Get involved on campus or in the community. Students often come back from Exchange with a desire to get involved, but may not know where to begin. Keep in touch and come to a returned student workshop for helpful tips.  Or check out the Get Involved program to find out where to start.
  • Keep connected to your host culture. Practice the language you learned on Exchange, take classes at UBC about your region, eat your favorite delicacies. We're lucky to live in such a multicultural area of the world, so take advantage of all the international organizations, restaurants, and festivals that BC has to offer.
  • Take international-focused courses or programming at UBC. Don't let the learning stop just because you've returned home! UBC has plenty of courses with a regional focus as well as a multitude of language classes. International Programs and Services also offers a program in Intercultural Development.
  • Consider a future Go Global experience. Look at doing a Global Seminar
  • Turn your international experience into an asset. Contact Robin Whittall at the Career Centre to discover how you can make your transition into the work world a smooth one.
  • Don't be afraid to seek help. UBC has some great resources, including personal counseling at Health & Wellness. Your Go Global advisor can steer you in the right direction.

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