ERIC Number: ED368290
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
An Investigation of the Re-Entry Adjustment of Indians Who Studied in the U.S.A. Occasional Papers in Intercultural Learning, Number 17.
This study explored the readjustment experience of 49 Indians who came to the United States to study and then returned to their home country. Interviews revealed that most experienced some stress or difficulty after their re-entry, with problems ranging from initial anxiety about getting a job or shock at the crowded conditions, pollution, or the frustrations of power and telephone outages, to an intense period of depression and alienation. A few who had been back in India for 4 to 5 years were still having a difficult time, while some students who had been back for less than a year seemed quite comfortable with their lives in India. Twelve interviewees specifically mentioned that they "think about going back" to the United States. Factors in difficult re-entries related to cultural differences, economic differences, changes in values, and having to make adjustments in many aspects of their lives such as changing family roles and changing from student life to work life. Profiles of five returned students are presented to illustrate their very different re-entry experiences. Issues discussed include returning to mutual dependence in the family, marriage and family, the job search, the work environment, national identity, attitudes, and coping strategies. (Contains 14 reference notes.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Coping, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Context, Cultural Influences, Culture Conflict, Culture Contact, Employment, Family Relationship, Foreign Culture, Foreign Students, Higher Education, Sociocultural Patterns, Stress Variables, Student Adjustment
AFS Center for the Study of Intercultural Learning, 313 East 43rd St., New York, NY 10017.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Syracuse Univ., NY. Div. of International Programs.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Office of International Education.
Authoring Institution: AFS International/Intercultural Programs, Inc., New York, NY. Center for the Study of Intercultural Learning.
Identifiers: Foreign Students Home Country Reentry; India; United States