Judith Lin

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Moore School of Business

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Dr. Nancy Buchan

Second Reader

Dr. David Hudgens


While students go abroad to learn about new cultures and advance their language skills, there is typically an initial culture shock when entering these unfamiliar environments. It is important to understand the causes and effects of culture shock, in particular experiences in Asia, a region whose culture is significantly different from the individualist cultures in the United States and Europe. While being exposed to new cultures is increasingly important for our interdependent world, it becomes more important to observe reactions to that exposure and understand how those reactions form or how to handle them. In particular, students who study abroad may experience culture shock in a different way than others due to personal factors and the purpose of their trip. Culture shock has been traditionally studied on a cultural level, but as study abroad locations become diverse, it is important to understand other dimensions – economic, geographic, and administrative to better assess culture shock in different areas.

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