Adjusting to Life in the USA

UWT students eating Mexican foodAfter traveling across the globe and arriving in the United States, it is natural to have feelings of shock. This is commonly known as Culture Shock. Culture Shock is common in most overseas travelers and can last anywhere from one day to three weeks for J-1 program participants.

When you land in the United States, you should follow your arrival instruction sheet that you received 2-3 weeks before arrival via email. If you have not received this email prior to home country departure, please contact our office! You should not travel to the USA if you do not know what to do and where to go upon arrival! Be sure that you collect all of your baggage and file any missing baggage claims before you leave the airport.

Please try to call home, eat a good meal and get a good night’s sleep as soon as possible! And don’t worry – after the initial adjustment period, it’s hard not to have a good time in America. Our staff is available 24-7 for any major issues or emergencies. Please do not hesitate to call our toll free number (1-866-IGo2USA) at any time.

Always remember that the United States is a melting pot of different nationalities from around the world.  Please be patient as your adjustment will take time.  A good way to begin your program is to visit a tourist attraction in the city where you are working and living. A national park, amusement park, national landmark, city center or museum is a great way to quickly learn about your area and experience the same feelings as other tourists that are visiting the USA

For more tips and information on Culture Shock, please read this link