Cultural Adjustment: For Students and Parents
The cultural adaptation process, or “culture shock,” is an inevitable and important part of the study abroad experience. It is the challenge of adapting to new social, economic, and educational systems, as well as to unfamiliar foods, climate, and language.
Cultural adjustment builds and develops important skills, such as:
- Problem-solving abilities
- Initiative skills
- Greater respect for another culture
- Appreciation for one’s own culture
- Characteristics that mold a highly competitive job candidate