Cultural Adjustment

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Culture Shock is Normal. We Can Help! 

You’re not alone! Many people find that living and learning in a new culture is both thrilling and frustrating. At times you may feel nervous, homesick or alone. We can help you adjust to life in the U.S.

How to Get Help While Living in Riverside

We can help you adjust with our supportive programs and services. 

Talk to Us 

Make an appointment with us. We can connect you to support services that will help you feel at home.

Our International Peer Advisors (IPAs) are UCR students happy to help you navigate campus life and feel more comfortable here. Stop by the ISS office or call us at (951) 827-4113 for details on getting connected.
We can connect you with a local family excited to share their culture with you. This non-homestay program features UCR faculty and staff member families. If you are interested, or for more information, please contact the ISS office.
Our weekly discussion groups can help you make friends, create community and practice your English language skills. See our calendar for upcoming meeting times.
From celebrating American holidays to taking fun day trips, we can help you explore your new home. See our calendar for upcoming events.
Our support services are designed to help you. Use them! There are many ways to get involved!
Talk to trained counselors, set up regular counseling sessions, access group therapy, find stress relief and more. Make an appointment with the UCR Counseling Center. For 24-hour emergency assistance, call (951) 827-5531 (or 2TALK from campus phones).
Skype, call, email and use social media to stay in touch with your friends and family while you’re here. They miss you, too!.
See a video in which UCR international students explain how they handle homesickness. Watch now.
Understand the common phases of cultural adjustment and learn strategies for handling it in a healthy way. Learn more.

How to Get Help When You Return Home

It is normal to feel culture shock when you return to your home country. Here are some tips to help you adjust:

Cultural adjustment takes time. You have been away for a long time and may have changed significantly. Your friends and family may have also changed while you were away. Give yourself and others time to adjust.
You may be really excited about sharing your experiences, but don’t take it personally if others are not as excited to hear about them. Remember, your experiences have value and impact no matter what.
If adjusting to life back home is too difficult to go through alone, talk to a counselor who can help you through whatever you’re feeling, whether it’s irritability, frustration or sadness.
Continue relationships with colleagues and friends you met while in the U.S. Email, Skype and stay connected through social media.
Look for local groups who also have an affinity the U.S. and have lived there themselves. It can help you maintain a connection and even make new friends.
It's normal to feel a little strange when you return to your home country. Learn about recognizing and handling “reverse” culture shock.


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