Studying abroad is a prodigious opportunity for you to get exposure and experience a new and different way of life. At the same time, it also means you dive into the unknown: different beliefs, norms, values, customs, religion, language, art, law, new academic system and new people to meet. All these factors combine and you experience the culture shock.
Dealing with culture shock is challenging at times. Different students experience culture shock to different degrees and sometimes it directly affects their health. As Rhine smith’s model explains that how culture shock can be a roller coaster ride of emotions and it will help you in adjusting to the new place by experiencing a natural pattern of hiding peaks and troughs.
Some strategies to cope up with culture shock
Understand And Learn About Host Country As Much As Possible
Learn as much as you can about your host country culture, norms, values, religion, people behaviors, literature, history, ethics, academic environment, language and each and every detail by reading guidebooks, news reports, novels, different journals published about the host country and travel forums.
Learn Host Country Language
Language barrier is the most common and main frustration factor when moving and studying in a new country. It is the main factor that connects to native people.
Different language courses available online and language courses offered by some host countries can also improve your language skills and you on personal level can also learn and enhance your language skills by reading course textbooks published in the language of your destination country to get familiar with the typography and style of language used, listening to podcasts and using digital translator.
Make Social Contact
Make sure you maintain a network of people you love, trust and can talk to. Keep in touch with your friends and family at home by phone, email, social media, blogs, etc., while also surrounding yourself with people whose company you enjoy at the new place. It does not matter whether they are locals, people from your home country or other countries, it is having people around you that you really care about and trust in that counts.
Moreover, join your universities societies, clubs, and groups. They are a great way to socialize and make new friends and help you adjust in less time in the host country.
Be Open To Anything-Avoid Stereotypes
You should be open to anything like try new food, go on hangouts like random adventures with native people, check out cultural programming and art. The more you allow yourself to say “yes” to things, the better equipped you’ll be to deal with culture shock.
Try To Accept Culture Shock And See Things From Host Culture Eye
Accepting culture shock by considering it a learning process and part of your study experience in abroad is the positive way to deal with culture shock.
This will ultimately leave you with new attitudes, skills and a broader prospect.
Surround Yourself With Familiar Things
Feeling stressed in the new environment is possible and surrounding yourself with familiar things by eating familiar food, speaking your own language, reading your favorite novel and etc. will be helpful.
Don’t Let Culture Shock To Ruin Your Amazing Experience Of Studying Abroad!
Dealing with culture shock in a prolific way ends up as an influential motivator for most students as it forces them to understand the new culture and get more exposure. To make your journey a memorable one you can also keep a journal and this can also help to recognize some potential signs of culture shock and personal efforts to deal with it.
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