Culture Shock

Culture shock describes the impact of moving from a familiar culture to another which is unfamiliar. It can hit you whatever culture you come from and however old/young, or well-travelled you are. Though culture shock is normally a temporary phase, it is important to know it is not unusual to experience some effects of culture shock. 

The Council for International Affairs (UKCISA) produced guidance notes on culture shock, outlining the symptoms and effects and also giving some useful hints and tips on how to deal with the effects.


Home sickness


Home and international students can suffer from homesickness. If you are finding it difficult to adapt to University life or living away from home, try to talk to someone about it. It is not uncommon to think that you are the only person who is finding it difficult to settle in but this is not the case. Everyone around you will also be adapting to university life and many will be finding it difficult.

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Who can I talk to?


If you don’t know who to speak to about how you are feeling, try contacting your personal tutor, a university counsellor or a member of the RUSU Advice Service.

University Counselling Service
1st Floor, Carrington Building.
Tel: 0118 378 4216  Email:


University International Student Adviser
Ground Floor, Carrington Building.
Tel: 0118 378 6185

RUSU Advice Service
The ARC, Students’ Union.

Tel: 0118 378 4100

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Contact the Advice Service

0118 378 4100

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