Tag: culture shock

Culture Shocks: Germany to Philadelphia

In my second month of being in Philadelphia, and by extension the US, I have had certain novel experiences that in some cases were interesting, while in others came as a shock to me. I have outlined some of these culture shocks which I have experienced since moving to the US from Germany. More Vibrant ...

An Italian in Philly: 10 Cultural Shocks – Part 2

To continue where we left with my last article here are five more cultural shocks that I’ve experienced as an Italian living in Philly. #5 Cost of living This point might not exactly fall into the cultural shock category, but it surely was shocking for me. The cost of living in the USA, especially in ...

An Italian in Philly: 10 Cultural Shocks – Part 1

Week 5 has just come to an end, which means I am basically mid-way through my exchange time abroad. Despite still having many places to see and things to do I’ve already confronted many aspects of the American culture that shocked me, so here’s a short list. #10 Customer Service One of the first culture ...

Experiencing Culture Shock in Hong Kong

Studying abroad in a country that’s literally across the world is, as expected, an adjustment.  Coming to Hong Kong, I knew that there would be certain aspects of life that would be difficult to navigate; however, there is definitely a big difference in mentally preparing yourself for a life-changing trip and then actually experiencing it! ...

Experiencing Culture Shock in Rome

Najifa Hussain, ’25, is a Management Information Systems major studying at the American University of Rome this Fall 2022. Spending this past week in Rome for the very first time, there are various culture shocks that I have experienced. Even from my very first day here, I could easily tell how different of a place ...

Paris vs. London Culture Shocks

After living in the US for years now, then moving to Paris for a month and getting used to their culture, to coming to London for yet another month, I’ve noticed particularities that each city/country has. Even within Europe, cultures differ and the culture in Paris is different than the one in London. To start ...

Not Ready to Leave

This was the longest I had been away from home. Surprisingly, I was only homesick for maybe one day,  but I think my days were so busy between meeting new people, taking classes, exploring new cities, trying new foods that I didn’t have time to think about what I was missing back on-campus. Maybe because ...

Adjusting Back to Normal

The one thing I wish I knew before studying aboard was how hard it was going to be to leave. I did not think it would be this hard for me to leave the friends I have made, the memories and the experiences I have created when I was in London. They prepare the study ...

Culture Shock in London: Small Yet Big Differences

Zakiyah Harrison, ’24, is a Graphic Design student studying at the Foundation of International Education in London this Summer 2022 After being for London in two weeks now there are multiple differences in culture that really surprised me! Prior to leaving for this trip, I was extremely excited, I had never been out of the ...

Adjusting Back to Life at Home

It’s been about two weeks since I’ve flown back to Philadelphia from my 10 weeks in Costa Rica. I had terrible flight anxiety before I left back in January, but on the way back I was much more relaxed. My suitcase was still in Miami when I finally landed in Philadelphia, but luckily the AA ...