Now that you're back, you may find that you and your friends aren't as close as you were before you went abroad. All of you may have changed a bit, so it's best to slowly ease back into relationships. Be sensitive about dominating the conversation with references to people and places they haven't shared. Some people can interpret constant references to these experiences as bragging.

On the other hand, you may not feel like sharing everything in the beginning, wishing to keep some of your special memories to yourself. Over time, it may be easier to talk about your experience as you put everything into perspective.

  • Let your friends know how much you have enjoyed studying abroad, but don't overdo it. Don't forget that while you were away, your friends also had new experiences. Have them fill you in on their latest news and happenings.
  • Keep up with the friends you made abroad.
  • Staying in touch with them can keep the memories of your experience fresh, and writing and sharing information about each other's country is a great way to continue an intercultural exchange.