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Culture Shock

Arriving in a new country can shake you up. This is called culture shock and is very common. Here are some tips on easing yourself into a new culture:

Arriving in a new country can shake you up. You can feel disoriented as you leave a familiar place and arrive somewhere quite different. The reaction may be both physical and psychological. This is called culture shock and is very common. It takes time to adapt to a new culture.

When this happens it is important for you to remember that you are going through a learning process. If you accept this brief period, while you adapt to a new country and lifestyle as a learning experience, you will most likely return home with greater self-confidence and the ability to succeed in a multicultural environment.

So keep active, explore your social opportunities and try to learn Danish. If you keep an open mind, you will soon be drawn into the many activities on offer. Remember that you are not alone with these feelings! Talking about your feelings and worries is the best way of dealing with them.

Here are some tips on easing yourself into a new culture:

  • Accept that you cannot know everything about your new country and language
  • Keep an open mind
  • Try to do things that you did at home
  • Stay in touch with family and friends at home
  • Talk to other students about how you feel
  • Stay active