Adapting to UK culture

For most people, moving to a new country to study will probably be a significant change in their lives. It's usually an exciting and positive experience, but it can sometimes take time to adjust.

Culture shock

Students who have just arrived can sometimes feel confused, stressed or worried. These feelings are normal for most students and are often known as 'culture shock'.

'Culture shock' describes the sensation experienced by people who move to a place with an unfamiliar culture. It is quite common among students and others who move from home to a new country.

Being away from family and friends can be difficult at first, particularly when you are also getting used to a new climate, food and language.

You may feel emotional, suffer from lapses in concentration and experience anxiety, but it is important to remember that this will usually be temporary and pass with time. Many other students have felt the same way and have gone on to enjoy their time in the UK.

If you are having difficulties, you can talk to tutors and staff in your faculty. You can also talk to the International Student Support team (based in Student Gateway), who may be able to put you in touch with other students from your own country.

Get involved

Getting involved in life on campus is a great way to start settling in and meeting other students, both from the UK and around the world. Check here for more information about some of the social and leisure opportunities at DMU.  

The DMU campus is situated in the heart of Leicester. Check the Visit Leicester site for updates and information on what’s happening in the city, including arts, culture, shopping, events and festivals.

Emotional and mental wellbeing

Our Counselling and Mental Health teams offer services aimed at promoting emotional wellbeing and helping you to achieve your full potential at DMU.

Counselling provide assistance with a range of personal issues including anxiety, stress and confidence building. Check their webpages for more information, including interactive self-help resources and e-counselling.

The Mental Health team provide activities and resources to help students achieve emotional and mental wellbeing, such as the Midweek Mindfulness programme. They can also help students with a diagnosed mental health conditions get support for their studies. Check here for more information about how the team might be able to assist.

Other resources

More detailed information about culture shock and how to deal with it is available from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).



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