A Guide for Students in the Multicultural University
We see the world not as it is but as we are. (variously attributed) EXPECTATIONS When you consider studying abroad, you do your research and you find out as much as you can about the institution you are going to study at, as well as the location. You will have many concerns about how you are going to live, whether it is safe, and may well choose a location because someone you know is there or has already been there. All of this is sensible, but when you travel to a new country, it is not just a physical journey. It is a psychological one as well. You will have expectations of the new culture and deep psychological links to your own norms, values and established behaviour. Living and studying in a different country is not like going on holiday where you are seldom confronted with challenges that require you to adjust to a different way of doing things. Of course you know this – at least intellectually. However you will often find yourself unprepared for the emotional response to different ways of doing things. ACTIVITY You are expecting a friend to visit you. Write a description of your town, city or country. Write about 500 words. Now read your description and ask yourself the following questions: ● ● ● Did you explain how to use public transport? Did you describe what is considered polite or rude when meeting people? Did you explain where to get food: supermarkets, open markets, restaurants, cafes, and so...
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