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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER - STUDY ABROAD

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER - STUDY ABROAD

Diversity,
Identity,
Culture

Dealing with Culture Shock

You can minimize culture shock by studying your host country's language, culture, and history, and by retaining a sense of humor and a positive outlook. Here are some suggestions to help you overcome the pangs of culture shock when they strike:

  • Keep in touch with friends and family at home.
  • Try to look for logical reasons why things happen. This may help you view your host culture in a more positive way.
  • Try not to concentrate on the negative things about your host culture and do not hang around people who do.
  • Make an effort to restore communication by making friends in your host culture.
  • Keep your sense of humor!
  • Set small goals for yourself as high expectations may be difficult to meet.
  • Speak the language of the country you are in and do not worry if you sometimes make a fool of yourself doing it! (Talk to children. Their language level will be similar to yours!)
  • Take care of yourself by exercising, getting enough sleep, eating properly and doing things you enjoy.
  • Try to fit into the rhythms of life in your host culture. Adjust to their time schedule for meals and work.
  • Find out where people meet and socialize. Make an effort to go to those places to observe — and participate.
  • Draw on your own personal resources for handling stress. You have done it many times before, and you can do it again!
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