What is "Culture Shock?"
Common Signs & Symptoms of Culture
Stages of "Culture Shock"
This is characterized by exhilaration, discovery and anticipation.
Perceptions are positive. Emotions include excitement and
The novelty wears off and host culture begins to intrude on the
visitor's life. This stage is characterized by confusion,
frustration, loss, depression and withdrawal.
The individual is likely to disregard both similarities and the
differences between the host culture and the home culture. This
stage is characterized by hostility, defensive behavior, feelings
of vulnerability, rebellion, blame, rejection of all that host
This is the hopeful stage. The person begins to establish an
objective, balanced and impartial view of the situation and
experience. There is a new sensitivity to the host culture and
greater awareness of self and others. The person is less dependent
on others and is more relaxed.
This stage aims at the goal of a bi-cultural or multicultural
identity. This stage is characterized by a sense of belonging,
trust, and sensitivity to the host culture.
How to Cope with "Culture Shock"
education USA (Living
and Studying in the U.S.)
eduPASS! (The Smart Student
Guide to Studying in the U.S.)
What's up with
culture? (Resource for students studying overseas)
Culture Shock 101: A Guide to Culture Shock