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UVM Study Abroad Pre-Departure Guidebook

Section 2 Cross Cultural Issues

Culture Shock and the Process of Cultural Adjustment


is a valuable learning tool during the study abroad experience. Journaling

  • provides insights into the host country and culture;
  • dispels myths and stereotypes of host country and culture;
  • is an effective way to understand and combat “culture shock”;
  • helps you to process unexpected experiences, both emotional and physical;
  • allows you to more effectively integrate the old and the new;
  • sheds new light on your old “reality”;
  • a means of self-discovery, especially after you return, as you review your journal entries;
  • allows you to acknowledge and appreciate your own discoveries and abilities;
  • provides a permanent record of your once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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