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Encountering a new culture - welcome to the roller coaster ride, Finland & Oulu orientation autumn 2014 Katja Kurasto, International Relations Coordinator.

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1 Encountering a new culture - welcome to the roller coaster ride, Finland & Oulu orientation autumn 2014 Katja Kurasto, International Relations Coordinator

2 TERVETULOA OULUN SEUDUN AMMATTIKORKEAKOULUUN JA TEKNIIKAN JA LUONNONVARA-ALAN YKSIKKÖÖN!

3 Finland/ Oulu?

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5 Traffic lights RED = no GREEN = yes YELLOW = I do not know / a little

6 Cultural Adaptation, often presented U-curve (http://duabroad.com/2012/09/24/a-mouthful-of-rocciata-helps-the-homesickness-go-down )

7 The 5Rs / Reasons of Culture Change (Kate Berardo, 2012) -> ROUTINES -> REACTIONS -> ROLES -> RELATIONSHIPS -> REFLECTIONS ABOUT YOURSELF

8 Tips for adjusting to a new culture -Know that what you are experiencing is normal -Take care of you -Research your destination, learn about the environment -Keep a journal -Communicate with yourself and others, develop friendships -Create a community around you -Avoid negativity -Look forward instead of backward

9 Tips for adjusting to a new culture -Attend local events, activities and sports -Interact with local people -Join groups, plan excursions -Observe how others are acting in the same situation and ask locals -Share feelings with others -Improve language skills

10 Tips for adjusting to a new culture -Set yourself goals -Recognize the advantages of having lived in two different cultures -Accept the challenge -Acknowledge your progress in adjusting, remember the ways you have reduced stress before -Keep an open mind -Remember, this is your experience and opportunity, have fun!

11 - Adjusting to a new culture takes time - Culture adaptation process is very different for everyone - You have the leading role in the experience

12 THINGS IN ANOTHER CULTURE ARE NEITHER RIGHT OR WRONG, BETTER NOR WORSE; THEY ARE JUST DIFFERENT.

13 On the map? School of Engineering and Natural Resources/ Tekniikan yksikkö Hospital City Library / Pääkirjasto Railway station / Rautatieasema Nallikari Beach Raksila Markets


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