Upon return from the immersive off-campus experience, a few straightforward steps should be taken toward a smoother transition while still maintaining a connection to the global experience.
Once a student returns from the immersive off-campus global learning experience, a type of reverse culture shock may emerge. Having been stimulated and challenged both academically and emotionally, the readjustment can be an uncomfortable time. It is important therefore, to acknowledge that this is taking place and that a few straightforward steps can be implemented to make for a smoother transition while still maintaining a connection to the global experience.
Talk to friends and family about the adventure of being part of an off-campus global learning experience. Also, keep in touch with the people or students from the host country and/or program and consider continuing to learn the language. Should the return feel particularly challenging, RISD Global encourages students to contact RISD Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS).
Gooverseas is also very helpful in recognizing and helping to prevent reverse culture-shock.
Program Assessment and Evaluation
Once back on campus, students are strongly encouraged to carefully evaluate the off-campus program and participate in assessment sessions and activities. The quality, success, and future of the programs organized by RISD Global depend upon this feedback. Improvements and developments can only be implemented if RISD Global know what to revise.