Coming home


Re-entry phase of your international learning experience

Coming back to Canada, and Dalhousie, can be a difficult process! We call this the “re-entry” phase of your experience.

This can be different for everyone, and many people will find it to be surprisingly challenging. You've grown, changed perspective, learned about yourself, learned new skills, and made new connections. You've seen and experienced things your family and friends back home have not, and you may feel alienated or alone. You may have ups and downs. One day you're excited about sharing and the next you may feel bored, frustrated, or out of step in your old relationships.

We encourage you to think optimistically about how you'll integrate those new facets of your skills and experience into your life back in Canada. Open new doors by volunteering, taking workshops and certificate programs, and joining societies that can help you process and develop all that you've gained from your experience.

Fight the tendency to compartmentalize the exchange experience into a short piece of your undergraduate degree! Instead, use that exchange experience to propel you to new and interesting opportunities. There are people out there who are interested in meeting you, learning about you and your experience, and have things to share with you. Now is a great time to connect with the international community.

Make sure to check in with your program coordinator or supervisor to determine if there are program requirements after returning to Canada.

Students completing Global Health Electives are required to submit a Global Health Elective Report.

NOTICE: Cancellation of International Learning Experiences until May 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, International Learning Experiences such as student exchange, study abroad, international field courses, co-ops, and international research are cancelled until May 2021. More details coming soon. Please visit for more information.