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IHP Reverse Culture Shock Roundtable

August 9

Event Description

Most international students have probably heard of “Culture Shock”, but many don’t realize that “Reverse Culture Shock” – feeling like a foreigner in your own country and/or homesickness for your host country – is a real thing!  Upon returning home after time abroad, international students often experience an unexpected period of adjustment during the re-entry process.  To address this phenomena, Stanford Summer Session is offering a special event to give you the opportunity to explore this topic before you return home.

Please join your IHP Coordinator, Patricia Hall, for an evening of conversation and snacks as we discuss the concept of Reverse Culture Shock.  She will present research on the topic, offer ideas on how to cope, and most importantly, inspire you to use this experience to your advantage upon your return!

About the Speaker

Patricia Hall

Patricia Hall has over 8 years of experience living and working abroad.  She taught English as a Second Language for a total of 5 years: 3 years in Japan and 2 years in Costa Rica.  She also has studied Spanish as a Second Language in Oaxaca & Morelia, Mexico and achieved her M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College in Madrid, Spain. She has visited over 20 countries and knows first-hand what it is like to experience both Culture Shock and Reverse Culture Shock.  Patricia is trained in Non-Violent Communication and has 2 years of experience as a motivational coach.


August 9