Stages of Cultural Adaptation
1 - Honeymoon
When you first arrive in a new culture, everything can seem exciting and intriguing. You are taking time to enjoy your new surroundings, new friends and are feeling fine.
2 - Distress
A little later, maybe a few weeks after induction has ended, you may feel confused and anxious while you adjust to the new environment where the food, weather and general surroundings are so different from your home country, so it is completely normal if you feel like going home after the first two weeks! Just remember as you go through this to keep in touch with friends in the UK and at home, keep active, take some exercise - maybe join the Sports Centre - or come and have a chat with the International Student Support team or your tutor.
3 - Reintegration
Soon, as you get used to the UK and Coventry, you will start to feel more comfortable with your situation. You have made new friends, you know your way around campus, the food isn't too bad and you are getting used to the changeable weather in the UK.
4 - Autonomy
After a while, you feel like you did back in your home country. You no longer feel as if you are a stranger in the UK and you have a new found independence and confidence.
5 - Independence
Differences and similarities are valued and important. You may feel a fresh sense of energy and able to trust yourself in all kinds of situations. You enjoy life and feel you can make informed decisions.