It is a very exciting time, moving to a different
country, meeting new people and learning about different cultures.
However, it can also be a bit of a shock and you may experience many
emotions during the first few weeks whilst you adjust to your new
If you live in a warm climate you may
find the weather in the UK cold and wet at certain times of the
year. British food may be very different to what you are used to,
however, local supermarkets stock a very wide range of foods from
around the world so you should be able to find some familiar food.
There are plenty of places to eat at both campuses, offering a
variety of meals.
Social behaviours may confuse or
surprise you, and you may find the relationships between men and
women more formal or less formal than you are used to. Every culture
has unspoken rules of behaviour and the effect may be
disorientating. For example, British people generally have a
reputation for punctuality. Therefore, in business and academic
life, keeping time is important; you should always be on time for
classes, lectures and meetings, and should let people know if you
are going to be late or unable to attend.
You may be surprised that other cultures
do not share the same values and beliefs as you. Give yourself time
to adjust and understand others, and remember that other people will
take time to understand your behaviour too.
Guidance and Information
UKCISA produce some guidance on
culture shock that you may find interesting to read and the
British Council have information on their website about
UK life and culture.
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