Cultural Adjustment | University of Portland

Cultural Adjustment

Studying and living in a foreign country can be a difficult and rewarding experience. Everyone will face certain challenges during the time spent in United States. These challenges and experiences can be part of the cultural adjustment process. Cultural adjustment can happen in one week, several months, or even a year. Although this process can be tiring at times, it is also a time to reflect and grow. Students who have gone through cultural adjustment often feel more aware of themselves, their own culture, and other people's culture. If you ever feel like you would like to talk about your adjustment experience, please contact the Campus Connector or make an appointment with an International Student Advisor. For more information about cultural adjustment, please see the bottom links.

Voices Articles

These articles were written by past and current international students for new international students entering the University of Portland. Our intent is to offer advice in the form of personal experience. Topics include adjusting to U.S. culture, participating in social life at UP, succeeding in academics and more. Open the articles below to learn about how international students have adjusted to the University of Portland.


Office of International Student Services is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.