Culture Shock

“Culture shock” may be understood as a range of feelings of loss or aimlessness a student may experience upon arriving in a new culture. These feelings are often complicated for the student as they attempt to navigate and understand the new social climate they live in. Often these students show signs of stress: as Anthony Giddens argues, the anxiety and stress provoked by the transition to a new host country may threaten the student’s existential security and therefore demands exploration and reconstruction of the self (509-510).

Students may even find themselves unable to deal with these feelings and therefore are unable to find meaning in their coming to a new country. One way to cope with this stress is to interact with those around you, to create a new sort of home-based identity in the host culture. This allows students to become grounded within a solid identity that enables them to feel comfortable in their new space.