I. Explore - Get familiar with your environment.
- Explore the campus and Ann Arbor on foot or by bus.
- Talk to the office staff, faculty and students in your department.
- Ask a student or staff member if they would show you around the department.
- Attend local events and seminars (see Current Magazine, The Record and The Michigan Daily newspapers for listings).
II. Learn about cultural norms - Pay attention to other people's behavior:
- How do they greet each other?
- How do they line up for a bus? How do people seat themselves on a bus?
- How do people interact in professional settings, like offices? in the classroom? in a store? on the street?
III. Be slow to judge:
- Ask someone who knows the culture about your observations. Be sure to ask "why" people do what they do.
- Compare how things are both similar and different in your country. These comparisons may offer you a new, insightful perspective on your own culture.
* One of your best resources for information is the U-M International Center. They will be glad to answer ANY questions that you may have.
IV. Expect to go through an adjustment process:
Phases of Adjustment describes some typical reactions.
V. Go to events where you can meet new people:
- U-M International Center programs
- Speakers, workshops, and "brown bag" seminars. Look at the University Events Calendar.
- Intramural sports
- Student groups
VI. Be open to starting conversations:
- With students and scholars
- With students and people in the community from your own country who have been in the U.S. for awhile.
- With U-M staff and faculty
- With other people you meet out in the community (in restaurants and stores, at the library, on public transportation, etc.)