Culture shock can be caused by differences in language, weather, clothing, food, people and expectations on time. Watch our videos on culture shock to learn more about what you may experience and how to manage it.
Not everyone will experience culture shock and it can be experienced in different ways. Some effects can be physical, like headaches, stress or loss of appetite. Other effects are psychological, such as feeling sad, feeling like an outsider, or not being able to concentrate.
Knowing the early signs of culture shock can help you manage it and adjust to a new culture.
Hear from our students who have given their accounts on adapting to life in Edinburgh.
When you arrive in Edinburgh, you may notice differences in the language, weather, clothing, food, and customs of the local people. Researching Edinburgh and the Scottish culture before you come will help you understand what to expect on arrival.
Moving to a new country, possibly for the first time, can be daunting for some and exciting for others. You will be moving from all things familiar to a new place with many differences, but you are not alone.
Scotland is famous for haggis, salmon, shortbread, and even deep-fried Mars bars! However, it is also a multi-cultural nation and Edinburgh has hundreds of restaurants and food shops that cater for all international tastes.