Living in the U.S.

Whether it is your first time in the U.S. or your fifth, working in a foreign culture can sometimes be difficult and frustrating. The following suggestions are intended to help you adjust to the culture shock of living in the United States for an extended period.

Be open-minded: expect that things will be done differently there than the way they are done in your home country. Give yourself time to adjust, adapt, and learn about how things are done in your host culture.

Keeping a sense of humour will help you get through the frustrating times.

While you will undoubtedly meet many Americans and people from various cultures, it is okay to build a support network of friends from your own culture who will understand your frustration in adjusting to life in the United States.