We recognize that our spring 2020 students had a shortened and likely disappointing time abroad, making it not quite the experience you had planned and hoped for. The mental and emotional toll of having your study abroad experience end abruptly is very real. As you grieve the loss of your journey, remember to take care of yourself. We’ve gathered some resources to help you along the way and the RIT Education Abroad office will continue to be here to support you.
Know You’re Not Alone
- RIT students were studying abroad this spring in 17 countries: Australia, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates.
- 171 RIT students had their study abroad programs interrupted, canceled or returned early.
- Three Secrets of Resilient People - 16 minute TEDx Talk
- Resources for an unexpected and early return from study abroad
- Dealing with Reverse Culture Shock & Mental Health During COVID-19
- Managing Anxiety & Stress During COVID-19 - Center for Disease Control
- That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief - The Atlantic
- Coronavirus Mental Health Coping Strategies
- RIT Counseling Center
- RIT Counseling Center Weekly Drop-In Sessions
Continue Intercultural Development
Although you’re not able to walk the streets of your host country and directly experience the culture, we hope you continue your cultural learning journey. These free resources can help you experience arts, culture, and language from home.
- 50 Ways to Experience Culture From Your Couch - CNN
- 10 Virtual Tours of the World's Most Famous Landmarks
- 12 Famous Museums Offering Virtual Tours
- Best Travel Shows on Netflix Right Now
- The Show Must Go On - Weekly readings of the Complete Plays of Shakespeare by a global cast
- DuoLingo - free language learning app
- Rosetta Stone - providing 3 months free language learning for students
In addition to the resources above, the RIT Education Abroad office is happy to connect you with the following services:
- One-on-one meeting with a Global Ambassador (share your stories and challenges with an RIT student that has been abroad).
- One-on-one meeting with a Study Abroad Advisor to explore going abroad again.
- Advocacy support to help resolve issues with your study abroad program.
- Resume coaching- learn how to put this unique experience on your resume.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, if you have any other questions or there are other ways we can support you.