What happens after intercultural?
Math education major Janea Kauffman' 18 says that her intercultural experience in Cuba and Guatamala helped her empathize with students in her classes who were learning a new language and culture.
Other Intercultural Opportunities
If you have already earned your intercultural credits, you may also find interesting opportunities through alternative programs or Washington Community Scholars’ Center. Consider connecting with previous intercultural participants through stories and recipes found on Cross Cultural Recipes, a 2012 senior seminar project.
Reverse Culture Shock
Just as students go through a process of disorientation at the start of their intercultural experience, so too do they experience this disorientation upon their return. We know that every student is different, and will make sense of their experiences individually.
While faculty leaders help the group through debriefing activities, students find there is more to process after returning home or to campus. You may experience difficulty communicating how your experiences have changed you, but also want to begin exploring ways to embody the global understanding you have gained.
EMU offices in student life and academics continue to serve students upon completion of their intercultural experience.
Resources for Re-entry
- Re-entry guide for students
- The readjustment manual for parents has some useful ideas in supporting the needs of students after their return home.