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ERIC Number: EJ1380123
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
EISSN: EISSN-2380-8144
Disrupted Sojourn and Forced Reentry: A Qualitative Inquiry of College Students' Experiences, Stressors, and Coping Strategies after Returning Home during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Fanari, Alice; Segrin, Chris
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v35 n1 p249-274 Apr 2023
This study explores the unique experience of disrupted sojourns and early reentry among U.S. college students who were abruptly repatriated from their study abroad experience in March 2020. Using a combination of focus groups and interviews with 25 U.S. returning students, the findings suggest that students' experiences were characterized by themes of accelerated reentry and a deep grieving process, as well as numerous financial, academic, interpersonal, and COVID-19 related stressors. The findings also highlight returning students' coping strategies of staying busy, seeking social support, and reframing the situation under a positive light. This research provides insights into the challenges and adjustments associated with a heretofore unstudied phenomenon of early reentry among returning students. Important practical implications for study abroad programs and administrators who might face additional cases of early reentry due to the uncertainty of the pandemic are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States; Spain; France; Austria; South Korea; Italy; Germany; Argentina
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