7 Ways to Tackle Cultural Differences While Studying Abroad

7 Ways to Tackle Cultural Differences While Studying Abroad

Moving to a new country that has a different culture and traditions is truly a life-changing experience for many students. However, after spending some time in your host country, you will start noticing the specific characteristics of your new home even more than before. When you choose to study abroad, your daily schedule, culture, and the conduct of people are no longer familiar. The collective process of recognizing, analyzing, and adjusting to the new changes is known as culture shock.

Many times culture shock can cause disorientation due to the brand new cultural values, traditions, way of living, food, etc. Here are a few practical tips to combat the culture shock which one might face in a new country. 

1. Gather information about the country you are planning to visit

Try to go through guidebooks, travel books, novels, and newspapers to know about your new host country as it will help you in adjusting to the new country as quickly as possible. Try learning the culture, way of life to get you mentally prepared for residing in a new country.

2. Find a healthy hobby

While studying in a new country, it is quite easy to harbor negative feelings towards your host country, which can significantly affect your academic performance. To counter this inculcate some healthy lifestyle changes and hobbies within you. While there you can watch your favorite TV shows, learn to cook, learn new languages, etc.  

3. Set fixed academic goals for yourself

Make sure you have set clear goals for your overseas education. Once you are clear about your goals and ambitions and have a purpose while staying overseas, then it becomes much easier to overcome the different challenge which comes your way.

4. Keep in touch with your fellow students

Talk to the other international students regarding their study abroad experience and ask them about the problems which they often face. Also, ask them about the things which confused them and the remedial ways which helped them cope with the various cultural differences.

5. Get along and make local friends

Once you have made local friends, they will help you in adjusting to your new country, and they might help you with the little problems which you may be facing. Not only this, if you are doing something offensive, you will get to know firsthand from your new-found friends.  

6. Try to gain a new perspective 

While going through every phase of culture shock, try to put your prejudices aside and try to get the hang of how your host country does things. You will find yourself not agreeing with many of the procedures and philosophies which your host country follows, and you may be able to relate to it culturally, but try your hardest to be tolerant and understand where they are coming from.

7. Ask study abroad consultants for advice

Consult with your study abroad coordinators regarding the nuances of visiting a specific destination for your educational adventure. Take their suggestions and recommendations into consideration for having a comfortable stay in your new host country.