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Coming to Britain

    to study

    ? when you get to the end of your course you Coming to study in a different country is a

    will probably be anticipating returning home; major change to your life. Even though you

    probably felt very excited about coming this can also be difficult and you can here, adjusting to life in a new culture can be experience a kind of ‘reverse culture shock’, very stressful. For many of you there will together with a sense of loss for the things also be the task of working and writing in a you have enjoyed about life in London.

    language which is not your mother tongue. What might help Feelings you may experience Understanding yourself in this

    new situation ? it is likely that you will experience some ‘culture shock’ when you arrive – many ? remember that this is a huge transition and things will be different to what you have all these feelings are normal and natural been used to, and this can feel bewildering responses to adjusting to life in a different and frustrating; for example food and culture climate may be different ? don’t be too hard on yourself, adjusting to a ? you have left behind friends, family and move and making new relationships takes familiar situations for what is unfamiliar, time and you will probably feel lonely, lost and ? think about your strengths and try to homesick at times identify what has helped you to cope so ? you may have had particular expectations far (and with difficult situations in the past) of what being here would be like and may ? remember that others may be sharing feel disappointed and let down if these are similar feelings and it can help to talk to not met others and find you’re not the only one; ? it may feel exhausting communicating and this will help you to feel more part of studying if English isn’t your first language things; British students may also share ? you may have been here a while and felt some of your feelings if they are away

    that you’re starting to adjust; but then from home for the first time

    something even quite small goes

    wrong, and it all seems too much and you Adjusting to life in a different culture feel like giving up and going back home ? take opportunities to familiarise yourself ? you may feel low in spirits and with the culture here (reading papers, overwhelmed; it’s not always easy to watching TV, talking to others) recognise these feelings sometimes it ? spending time with someone from the same may show as a feeling of being run-down culture can help you feel less isolated, you and tired all the time may find it easier to feel understood; you ? people often find they are more liable to can talk about home, cook food you enjoy minor illnesses such as stomach aches, together, which may help you to feel less headaches and colds and flu when they cut off; but try to get a balance you’ll feel have moved country; this is a reflection of more part of things if you also talk to people the emotional strain of adjusting to life in a from British and other cultures, as well as new country have a more interesting time ? you may encounter other people’s ? try not to be afraid to ask if you don’t prejudices and assumptions about your understand something or need help culture, which can leave you upset or angry

information from the Counselling Service

? be open to the differences around you and How to contact the Counselling Service

    enjoy the rich variety of social and cultural

    experiences that life in a London university If feelings of depression, isolation or anxiety

    can offer! persist, take them seriously; talk to the counsellor or your GP. ? keeping in contact with your friends and family back home can help you feel more Please see website for up-to-date service settled (writing or arranging for them to details: phone you at an agreed time can help cut down on your phone bills!). The student office staff on any campus will be happy to tell you where to find the Counselling Making use of the help and support Service and there is information on all available at the University campuses, advising local availability. The International Student Office is based on the Hendon Campus . For more information

    Further leaflets in this series please see, Addictive behaviour, Anxiety and .You will also find there are social events on panic, Bereavement, Depression, Eating campus specifically for international students disorders, Exam anxiety, Helping someone

    you are concerned about, Mature students, Learning Development Unit can help with

    Presentation skills, Relaxation, Work study skills and developing your written and

    difficulties and study blocks, Working in spoken English. Telephone 020 8411 5116 for

    groups. details of available help on your campus. The LDU is located in WG23 in the Williams . Building on Hendon Campus

    For more information please see:


    Student Welfare and Advice Team

    (SWAT)provides information and help on a wide range of practical issues affecting all students, including regulations affecting overseas students. Welfare Advisers can be contacted through your campus Student Advice Centre. For more information please see:


    Health Advice: for information on health

    issues, please see health webpages:


    information from the Counselling Service

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