In this module you will learn about some significant challenges international students experience when adjusting to a new culture – and how you can help them successfully make those adjustments.
Everyone has a cultural imprint which impacts their worldview, customs, and value system. These can be vastly different between cultures. They may not even be recognized by each individual but can result in significant miscommunication and misunderstanding between people. Knowing these differences exist and gaining an understanding of what they are is a critical part of successfully growing any cross-cultural relationship.
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Often when students enter a new culture, they will experience culture shock. It is important to understand what it is and that it is a normal part of adjusting to any new culture. Understanding what the stages are and what is needed in each stage, can help your student successfully navigate the challenges of culture shock.
Stage 1: The Adventure Stage
Stage 2: The Crisis Stage
Stage 3: The Adjustment Stage
Stage 4: The Adaptation Stage