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Human beings make sense of life by becoming familiar with their surroundings and falling into routines to the point that they don’t even need to think about them on a conscious level. Take grocery shopping, for instance. You get into the car and head off to your favorite store and do your thing, buying your favorite foods and brands. You don’t need to think about how to get there, what currency you need to bring and perhaps don’t even need a shopping list.

Make a move and many things change; the routines are adjusted accordingly. But make an international move and everything changes all at once! We expect that will be the case when we make an international relocation to a foreign country but we don’t expect it to happen when we are coming back to our own country. Repatriating is much more difficult than expatriation. Click here to read more about "Repatriation / Re-entry".

There are five very predictable stages in any life change and they can be clearly delineated in any inter-cultural move. They are:

  • Involved
  • Leaving
  • Transition
  • Entering
  • Re-involvement

Knowing what takes place in each stage and the quagmire of emotions associated with it goes a long way in preparing for the transition, avoiding surprises and understanding that it is all normal. It is important for repatriating and transitioning students to know about the five stages, how to recognize them and have tools and strategies for navigating them successfully.

IFT’s The Global Nomad’s Guide to the University Transition seminars do just that and much more. To learn more about the seminar and to download a brochure, click here .

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