The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

Why should my student read it if he is moving to a foreign country for college?

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The TCK who transitions to a new host country often experiences many of the same psycho-social/emotional challenges as TCKs who return to their home country.
Once global nomads step out of the ‘third culture’ or expatriate culture, it strikes them that they are different from others. It isn’t them as people, of course, but it’s their international life experiences that make them different. Stepping out of a place where they have enjoyed shared experience with others of similar background wakens them up to their differences and raises issues of identity and belonging. Understanding who they are and what reactions they can expect to encounter in the cycle of transition can make for a smoother adjustment for the repatriating as well as transitioning TCK.

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"... are three different types of experiences relating to international mobility for attending university: (1) Repatriating TCKs, (2) transitioning TCKs, (3) International or foreign students (FS). (1) Repatriating TCKs – If you have been living in a country other than that which ..."
"...transitioning TCKsTCKs – If you have been living outside your passport country but, instead of returning to your home country, have decided to attend university in another host country, you will be a transitioning TCK. You, like Theo, the Kenyan teenager I met who had grown up in Germany and ..."

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