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Question: What is culture shock?

Answer

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Question: What is culture shock?

Answer: 'Culture shock' describes the natural and understandable experience of coming to a place which is culturally and physically very different from your own background. The effect of this on students can indeed be very shocking.

Question: How can culture shock manifest?

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Question: What is culture shock?

Answer: 'Culture shock' describes the natural and understandable experience of coming to a place which is culturally and physically very different from your own background. The effect of this on students can indeed be very shocking.

Question: How can culture shock manifest?

Answer: Students experiencing culture shock may feel very isolated and confused by the differences they encounter. They may become depressed and anxious and feel uncertain about how to behave in different situations.

Question: Are there groups of people who are more susceptible to culture shock than others?

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Question: What is culture shock?

Answer: 'Culture shock' describes the natural and understandable experience of coming to a place which is culturally and physically very different from your own background. The effect of this on students can indeed be very shocking.

Question: How can culture shock manifest?

Answer: Students experiencing culture shock may feel very isolated and confused by the differences they encounter. They may become depressed and anxious and feel uncertain about how to behave in different situations.

Question: Are there groups of people who are more susceptible to culture shock than others?

Answer: Culture shock is mainly experienced by international students, but may equally apply to students whose home life is very different to that of a university, for example, coming from a rural setting.

Examples of culture shock

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Question: What is culture shock?

Answer: 'Culture shock' describes the natural and understandable experience of coming to a place which is culturally and physically very different from your own background. The effect of this on students can indeed be very shocking.

Question: How can culture shock manifest?

Answer: Students experiencing culture shock may feel very isolated and confused by the differences they encounter. They may become depressed and anxious and feel uncertain about how to behave in different situations.

Question: Are there groups of people who are more susceptible to culture shock than others?

Answer: Culture shock is mainly experienced by international students, but may equally apply to students whose home life is very different to that of a university, for example, coming from a rural setting.

The following are all part of culture shock

  • Even where students have a good grasp of English they may be uncertain about how to greet other people, ask for what they need or feel OK to say no
  • They may find it hard to be understood
  • They may notice differences in housing, transport, food, shops and the weather
  • There will be cultural differences that include the drinking of alcohol, where and how to socialise, or when it is appropriate to give presents
  • There may be differences in the way in which people make friends
  • The course may be taught and assessed in a very different way to what they are used