Moving to a new country and adjusting to their culture may be challenging. Remember that you are not alone if you struggle to adjust at first.
When people move into a different setting, they must make certain adaptations to their usual behavior and attitudes. Some students experience what is known as "culture shock" after they arrive.
"Culture shock" is a phrase for the feeling of disorientation and confusion that often occurs when a person moves from a familiar setting into an unfamiliar one. The climate, language, customs, food, and the culture are different. It is harder to convey your feelings and personality in a language that is different from your native one. You may feel lonely and may doubt your decision to come here. Some symptoms of culture shock include homesickness, avoidance of social settings, depression, or sleep disturbance.
It is normal to experience some signs of culture shock. If you feel you are experiencing culture shock:
- Maintain perspective
- Keep an open mind
- Learn from your experiences
- Evaluate expectations: Your reactions to the new location are the result of the way things are here and the way you expected them to be abroad.
- Remember this is a normal process and very common to go through
- Ask questions! Learn more about host community
- Study the local language
- Keep a journal
- Be patient with yourself
- Reach out to new friends and home community