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LIVING in the U.S.

Cultural Adjustment


Adapting to a new culture is a process that takes time. Although it may be challenging, almost all students who experience "culture shock" agree that going through the experience helped them to learn more about themselves and to develop greater confidence.


Culture shock is a term that describes the feelings of confusion, stress and disorientation that occur when entering an unfamiliar culture. Keep in mind that not everyone has the same reactions to cultural adjustment and may experience the symptoms of culture shock in varying degrees, and at different times.


At SDSU, there are people throughout campus who want to provide you with support and guidance. You are not alone in this adjustment period. There are many campus resources available to you. If you are struggling making the cultural adjustment to studying at SDSU or living in the U.S., please make an appointment with an international student advisor by calling (619) 594-1982. 


Also consider joining the ISC Peer Mentor Program. The Peer Mentor Program is designed to promote student success by providing additional support to new international students while they adjust to SDSU and San Diego.  


There are also a wealth of other ISC programs and events designed to help you meet new people and succeed at SDSU. We look forward to meeting you!