Cultural differences and culture shock

Living in a new country can be very exciting, but you may find the changes can feel difficult and stressful for a while.

Things like the climate, food and behaviour in social and academic situations may all be different to what you're used to, and some of the people around you may have different values and viewpoints.

What can you do?

There are many different things that you can do to help feel more at home and confident in your new surroundings. Whether it's meeting other people who are away from home, getting involved in Global Community activities, being part of clubs or societies or just understanding things to do to help you feel more at home, then the University can help.

International Student Office 

The International Student Office can offer you support and guidance about settling in and living in the UK. You can speak to the team at the enquiry desk who will be able to offer suggestions and help you feel at home.

Student Counselling and Wellbeing

Student Counselling and Wellbeing provides help if you're experiencing emotional or psychological difficulties. Coming for counselling is not a sign of weakness, but a positive move towards addressing your problems. Counsellors won't be able to provide instant solutions, but will listen to you, help you increase your self-awareness and find ways to work through the issues you're facing.

Feeling at Home in Leeds

The International Student Office are running a free five week course for international postgraduate students called “Feeling at Home in Leeds”. The course will help you improve and develop your skills in these areas:

  • participating in academic groups
  • making social conversation
  • seeking help
  • expressing disagreement and saying no

Sessions are held on Wednesdays from 3.15pm - 5.30pm, from Wednesday 14 February to Wednesday 14 March 2018.

If you are interested in applying for the course, or would like further information, please attend the introductory meeting on Wednesday 31 January 2018 at 3pm in Baines Wing, SR (2.15). The meeting will last approximately one hour.

To book your place for the introductory meeting email your name and student number, stating “Feeling at Home in Leeds” as the email subject title, to

The Feeling at Home in Leeds course was developed in collaboration with Student Counselling and Wellbeing. 

    Culture Shock Comedy Drama

    The Leeds Universities' Chaplaincy hosts a Culture Shock Comedy Drama which is performed every year for new international students to demonstrate some of the challenges you may face when living as a student in a foreign country.

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