Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Re-Entry Information

Registration at PCC

Don't miss out on early registration dates when you are living outside of the U.S. Check your PCC email account regularly for reminders and updates.

Reverse Culture Shock

One of the biggest challenges for students who participate in study abroad can be the difficulty in re–adapting to the realities of life back in the United States. This phenomenon is known as "re–entry" or reverse culture shock. Typically, students who have studied abroad for a medium or long length of time went through many changes and usually re–examine their priorities, their values, and what they think about themselves and the United States. For some, reverse culture shock can be more challenging than the "culture shock" they experienced while living outside of the United States. Additional information about Reverse Culture Shock and other challenges of returning to the United States can be found in the Center for Global Education Study Abroad Student Handbook.

Northwest Returnee Conference (NWRC)

Every year, there is a professional conference for students and recent graduates who have returned from an international education experience. International education professionals from Oregon, Washington and Alaska strive to cultivate and support the growth of global citizenship by encouraging returnees to reflect upon and understand their recently acquired international experience. The conference provides re-entry support, networking opportunities, skill building workshops, and professional development training. Through active student and international education professionals participation in the conference, returnees learn to identify and articulate gained skills that enrich and foster their future careers, educational endeavors, and community involvement. To obtain additional information information and to register for the next annual conference, visit the Northwest Returnee Conference website.