For some students, relocating to a foreign country can at times be overwhelming. Being placed in a new environment usually involves a period of adjustment and can cause an extreme version of homesickness known as ‘culture shock’. Arm yourself with these positive steps if you experience culture shock and you’ll quickly be back on track and enjoying the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of studying abroad.
Immerse yourself in the local community
Feelings of culture shock can often be overcome by getting involved in your local community. Many activities you enjoyed at home can be found right here in Australia – whether it be joining a club or sports team, participating in events, wandering through a museum, finding a volunteer project or simply enjoying a walk in the sunshine.
Get involved in social activities
Making friends with other international students and locals will help you to feel more at home. International students will be able to understand what you are going through and provide advice on how to cope, while locals will help you develop a deeper understanding of the Australian culture and country. Torrens University Australia prides itself on its small class sizes, giving students more opportunities to connect with one another. The university also hosts frequent events and workshops where students can meet.
Get advice from your success coach
At Torrens University Australia we have employed a team of Success Coaches tasked with providing ongoing support, encouragement and advice throughout the duration of your course. Students are assigned a Success Coach from the relevant industry during their first semester with the aim of keeping students well connected, engaged and motivated in their learning. Your dedicated Success Coach is readily available to help, so speak up!
Experience your new surroundings
With 13 campuses across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, Torrens University Australia students have access to some of the most exciting and beautiful destinations in the country. Exploring your host city and its surrounding regions will help you familiarise yourself with your new home and create lasting memories.
Pursue your interests … and find new ones
It’s easy to continue with your old hobbies in a new home. Keeping busy will help you express yourself in creative ways and distract you from your worries. Learning a new hobby or skill will also give you a sense of achievement and help to meet new people.
Stay in touch
It’s never been easier to stay in touch with family and friends back home, whether it be through email, phone calls, messages or blogs. Make the time to share your experiences and problems with loved ones; it will make a huge difference.
Seek free counselling services
Don’t be shy to talk about your feelings. At Torrens University Australia, all students have access to a free and confidential counselling service where you are able to discuss study and non-study related issues such as transitioning to life in a new country. Appointments can be face-to-face on campus or over the phone.