The Experience Abroad

Recent studies in intercultural experience have shown distinct phases of adjustment for virtually every participant. We encourage you to read the section on culture shock to familiarize yourself with the phenomenon and to anticipate and identify the symptoms associated with it. You should not be surprised or distressed to find out that the adjustment to another culture is difficult for your son or daughter, however, the rewards of an overseas experience far outweigh the initial discomfort that a student might feel.