Dealing with Expectations: Cultural

Cultural values differ significantly from country to country.

It is natural to absorb some of the values of the host culture while studying abroad. Family, friends and peers back home may or may not welcome those newly adopted values.

For example, independence and individuality, celebrated values in North America, might come across as a threat to community and culture in the society back home. One Japanese returnee had learned to express assertiveness in the American university classroom where she studied, but discovered that her peers back home considered such behavior rude and inappropriate for a woman.

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