Tag: culture shock

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Cork Culture Shock

Week 1 of the program has finished, and it has been a success so far. After moving in and meeting the other students, all the nerves that I had were gone. Besides attending class on Thursday and Friday, the program coordinators planned a scavenger hunt and had us running around the whole campus looking for ...

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Cultures That Shock

Culture shock is “the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone when they are suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes” (Oxford University Press). Whether you’ve attended your pre-departure meeting with the Study Abroad Office, watched a few episodes of Rick Steves’ PBS documentary, or have seen that episode of ...

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Loneliness abroad…it happens ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Let’s talk loneliness. It is not the most glamorous parts of study abroad, but it is an important part of the journey and self-discovery that comes with taking your education international. In the pre-departure meetings and any checklist you’ll find online about mentally preparing yourself to be abroad, culture shock is one of the top ...

Reflection of My Halfway Mark

I have been in Hong Kong for two months now and it has been a very and uplifting experience so far. The experience on its own is very unique and what I have learned about myself, the students at UST, the people around Hong Kong, and myself, has changed my own perspective on life. Through ...

Heather in Rennes: Culture Shock

Before I left for France, I was required to go to an orientation at the university with the other study abroad students. Among other things, I was warned about culture shock, a sense of anxiety that can occur when someone is introduced to a new culture. We were informed of ways to prepare for this ...