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Cultural Adjustment Issues

Many international students who are new to the University of Minnesota, Morris experience difficulty with cultural adjustment on some level. “Culture Shock” is very common and is a natural part of acclimating to your new surroundings. Living in a culture different from your own is an exciting and often challenging experience. Aside from finding housing, registering for courses, and getting to know a new place, you will probably go through a transition while adapting to the new culture.

Culture Shock can be very mentally and even physically stressful. There are on-campus resources for you during this period of time. The International Student Program is a place for you to discuss your experience with trained professionals an advisor, as well as get involved in programs to help your cultural adjustment.

ISP offers group programs such as culture hours and a buddy program for first year students. Contact ISP or your Student Ambassador for more information.