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Re-Entry & Reverse Culture Shock
Give your student time to adjust to life at home. Coming back to America and Western culture can be quite a shock for students. Be willing to listen and allow them to become accustomed to the culture again. Parents also may find their students changed by the experience. The CIP has created a SJU Parent Re-entry Handbook.pdf to aid your family throughout this adjustment period. 

The CIP Role
Upon returning to campus, credit transfer and re-entry programming help make our students' transition as smooth as possible. We realize the transformative nature of the ‘study abroad experience,’ and hope that SJU students returning to campus take advantage of a broad range of opportunities offered to them.Students often return from their time away from SJU and say that their experience was the most rewarding aspect of their undergraduate career thus far. We look forward to supporting your son or daughter through this experience. 

Students who return from a semester or year abroad are required to schedule an exit interview with the Study Abroad Advisor to discuss their time away, the highs and the lows. Afterwards, the CIP will send their transcript from abroad to the SJU Registrar so their grades may be updated.

Semester, Year, and SJU Summer Program students can apply to be a Peer Ambassador for the CIP. In this role they will discuss their experience with potential students and mentorSJU study abroad students throughout the entire process. The CIP also collects photos, news features, and Student Profiles to feature on our website and social media pages. We encourage students to submit photos to our Annual Study Abroad Contest, held each September. Information about all of the ways students are encouraged to remain active in their study abroad experience can be found here

SJU Resources
Whether it be through Study Abroad events at the CIP, planning to go abroad again with the Career Development Center, or working through re-entry process with the Counseling and Psychological Services, Saint Joseph's University is here to support your student through their adjustment time. Please encourage your student to contact us with any questions or concerns upon return.

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