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Cultural Adjustment

It can be challenging for any student to balance the academic workload at Babson while trying to maintain an active social life and possibly even working part time on or off-campus.

For many students who attend Babson, this is the first time they have been exposed to the rigors of college life. This may be the first time a student is leaving his or her home and living independently.

This is compounded when the individual is also being exposed to the U.S. culture and U.S. classroom culture. The cultural adjustment program can take several months and may cause additional stress and fatigue to students. Taking every opportunity to learn about and experience your new environment can ease the process of cultural adjustment. Learning about the host culture, taking initiative in building relationships, understanding the norms and expectations of the academic or work environment, as well as familiarizing oneself with the normal stages of culture shock are all part of the knowledge that can lead to assimilation and balance.

 The ISSS team is part of the support network available to all international students and scholars at Babson College, so please contact us to discuss issues relating to adjustment to the U.S.

Culture Shock

The discomfort experienced while adjusting to life in a culture different from one’s own


  • Strain – due to having to make so very many psychological adaptations without any sort of respite
  • Sense of loss and feelings of deprivation – regarding the status, friends possessions, etc. to which you had become accustomed and feel you are due, but no longer have
  • Rejection – feeling that you are rejected by members of the new culture and/or you are rejecting members of the new culture
  • Confusion – in roles, expectations, values, feelings, and self-identity
  • Surprise, anxiety and indignation – after becoming aware of the many cultural differences that exist between your home and the host cultures
  • Feelings of inadequacy – due to fear of not being able to succeed in the new culture