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Review from Study Abroad Basics Meeting Who do you need to talk to before studying abroad? What do you need to do if you are a financial aid recipient? How do credits transfer if you are not a modern language major? What types of insurance should you have while abroad?
What is Culture Shock? Culture shock is a process that the vast majority of people who live in a foreign country will experience. It is a completely normal reaction to an unfamiliar environment. Everyone will experience culture shock differently: some may never have problems adjusting while others will find it very difficult.
Stages of Culture Shock
Stage 1 The Honeymoon Stage The feeling of initial excitement and anticipation that lasts for the first few weeks. How do you feel? Everything is new and exciting! You are having a good time!
Stage 2 The Shock Stage In this stage individuals may become homesick and frustrated with the new culture. How do you feel? Overwhelmed, homesick, confused and anxious.
Stage 3 The Negotiation Stage In this stage you adjust to the new culture and learn how to handle difficulties. How do you feel? You feel more comfortable and more confident.
Stage 4 The Acceptance Stage In this stage individuals feel more at “home” in their new environment and are able to function well. How do you feel? Confident, ready to face new challenges.
What You Can Do Be patient Remember your personal goals-why you came See the adventure in the experience Use humor Deal with stress when it arises-don’t internalize it Ask for help when you need it, talk to others that may be going through the same thing
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