Cultural adjustment tips for international students

One of the first things you will need to think about while studying in Australia is adapting to a new culture. You would have noticed cultural differences both in your studies and in the lifestyle. Develop a global outlook and learn to appreciate other cultures. These quick tips will help you adjust to the cultural differences while studying in Australia.

Keep an open mind, be positive
Have a basic knowledge of Australian customs, traditions, and etiquette. Stay positive, respect and enjoy the differences in the host culture.

Be observant, be curious and ask questions
Confucius said “I see and I remember, I do and I understand.” Observe the verbal and non-verbal style of communication. Put into practice the style of interaction and communication of the local culture. Be interested and ask questions about the local culture.

Travel and explore
Get out of your comfort zone and travel around to local markets, eateries, community events, and local sporting matches. Explore the neighbourhood, interact with the locals and immerse yourself in the culture.

Participate in activities
Join clubs and student associations in activities that interest you. The University has a range of clubs and associations, already established. Or you look at those in your community, for example through your local council. Participating in activities will keep you engaged and motivated. It will also help you acclimatise to your new environment.

Seek support from other international students
Talking and discussing your issues related to cultural differences and adjustments with other international students will help to overcome some of the challenges of culture shock.

Stay connected
Connect to your family and friends to keep them in the loop. Keeping in touch with home, especially in the initial phase of your adjustment, will make things easier for you to adapt. However, try not to spend too much time checking social media for information about what is happening with your friends back home as it may slow down your cultural adjustment.

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