It may be difficult for the host family and student to discuss
the things that are bothering the student. Student criticisms
of American habits, for example, are sometimes difficult
to accept. Trained to work with exchange students, the
Campus Coordinator is prepared to assist. Students may
be able to see more clearly why certain things upset them
if they can understand that they need to see them from
a different “cultural point of view.” “Equally logical but
different” is a phrase that helps one look at ways of doing
things in another culture.
How can someone overcome culture shock? It may help the
student overcome depression or feelings of isolation if s/he
sets up specific goals and activities. Here are some things
that students can do to progress out of culture shock:
••set small goals for each day (take a trip to a store,
••learn ten new words, talk to one student at college, use
••stay in touch with home while continuing to learn new
••take part in events and activities; and
••practice strategic withdrawal (spend small amounts of
time with people of your home culture who can offer
insight and tips on success in the host culture).
Each successful encounter should give the student more
confidence that s/he can get along in our society.
The student should develop an attitude that can help him or