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Upon Return

"There is nothing like returning to a place
that remains unchanged to find the ways
in which you yourself have altered."
- Nelson Mandela 

Welcome home and congratulations on successfully completing your study abroad experience!
We hope you had an enjoyable and enriching term studying and living abroad. Returning home after your time abroad can be both rewarding and challenging as you adjust to life in the U.S. again - happy to be home but also missing your time abroad. You probably have a great deal of energy and excitement about the past few months and are ready to make something more of your incredible new world experiences. You may also be feeling a bit of reverse cultural adjustment as you try to readjust to life back in the U.S. Give yourself some time as you settle back into life in the U.S. and here “inside the hedges,” reflect on your program and what you have learned.

Your study abroad experience does not have to end just because you've returned to the U.S. and to Rice University. There are numerous ways to integrate your international experience into campus life and beyond. Please review this section to learn about returning home, the international events and activities going on here on campus and ideas for further international opportunities.