Adjusting to Life in the United States

adjusting to life in the united states, brooklyn bridgeWhy is it hard to move to a new country? Here are a few reasons:

  • Loss of ability to communicate
  • Loss of sense of belonging
  • Different social norms
  • Challenge to personal and cultural values
  • Loss of identity
  • Difficulty of everyday tasks
  • Loss of support system (family and friends)
  • Stress of being stereotyped by others





Cultural Training Services

cultural training services, checklistAt English and Culture, we can help you adjust to your new life in New York or Boston through customized coaching services.

  • Learn new ways to make the transition easier
  • Learn how and where to network with other people in the international community




How Do People Experience Culture Shock?

  • Loneliness or sadnessadjusting to life in the united states, woman with coffee
  • Feeling homesick
  • Depression
  • Lack of energy
  • Physical pain
  • Stereotyping local people- "they are all the same"
  • Lack of interest in learning about the new culture




The 6 Stages of Cultural Adjustment

adjusting to life in the united states, student in new yorkCulture shock is our reaction to an unfamiliar and new environment. Here is one theory about some of the stages that you might go through while you adjust to life in New York or Boston.


  1. Preliminary stage
  2. Spectator stage
  3. Participation stage
  4. Shock stage
  5. Adjustment stage
  6. Re-entry stage


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Source: Klopf, D.W. Intercultural Encounters as cited in (2007) Moran, H. Managing cultural differences: Global leadership strategies for the 21st century.
Source: Crossing Cultures with Competence, Interchange Institute, Trainer Guide
Photo credit: Brooklyn Bridge by Flavio Toffoli