Defining Culture Shock
Culture shock is defined as the phenomenon of feeling disorientation when living in a new environment and encountering new customs, habits, traditions, values, and beliefs.
To read more about the phases of CULTURE SHOCK (University of Pittsburgh, "Culture Shock").
Understanding Culture Shock
- It's perfectly normal and even expected to experience culture shock.
- Have the following in your tool-kit for your when you deal with culture shock:
3. Common sense
4. Cultural humility
6. An open mind
10.A sense of humor
- If ever your culture shock becomes too overwhelming to deal with, you are always encouraged to contact our office.
- If you are ever facing a difficult time while you are abroad, please email email@example.com and write IMPORTANT in the subject field.
Helpful Websites on Culture Shock
Peace Corps Culture Matters Workbook
Peace Corps Culture Matters Workbook: Chapter One, Understanding Culture
Study Abroad Student Handbook Worldwide: Adjustments and Culture Shock
University Studies Abroad Consortium: Culture Shock and Immersion
Worldwide Classroom: Culture Shock & The Problem Of Adjustment To New Cultural Environments by Dr. Lalervo Oberg
If you've just made it back to the U.S., read more about re-entry shock!