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The Transition Back Home: Easier Said Than Done

The students from our 2015-2016 exchange student group have returned home to Austria, Germany, Italy, Thailand, Japan … countries the world over. Many think it will be easy to slide back into their old life. For some, perhaps that will be true. Many students, however, are finding that their old life doesn’t exist. We’ve already […]

10 Quick Tips for A Successful End To the Exchange Year

Host Families: Relax and be understanding, but don’t give up on your house rules 1. The second half of the exchange year is perfect time to relax with your student and enjoy the son/daughter relationship.  For these last few weeks, think about all that you have learned and how your life has changed. 2. At […]

Culture Shock Revisited

What does it mean to experience culture shock? Commonly said to have originated in 1958 to describe the “anxiety produced when a person moves to a completely new environment,” the term has become a glib statement rolling off our tongues without little thought. We all think we know what it means, whether we’ve been a […]

“Exchange is not a Year in a Life, but a Life in a Year” — The Year Ends, and the Life Begins

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There is a saying in the international exchange community, “exchange is not a year in one’s life, but a life in a year.”  Between late May through the end of June, the students who have been on their exchange for a semester or for a full academic year are beginning to return to their home […]

Preparing to Go Home at the End of Your Exchange Year: The Beginning of the End – or just the Beginning?

In my last blog post, I talked about the difficult feelings my students have at this time of year as they begin to realize their exchange year is almost over.  They are anxious, happy, and sad; they are looking forward to being back home over the summer and miss their parents and friends, but they […]

Tips for Exchange Students – I’m Ready to Go Home, I’m not Ready to Go Home

At this time of year, my students begin to feel …. strange.  They have been in the U.S. for almost 9 months, and have 2 months to go before they go back to …. well, what? That is the question; they don’t really know what  will be waiting for them when they return. They miss […]

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