Cultural and Community Resources
The below resources have been selected to help you adjust to life in the United States.
- Looking for local restaurants, food markets, or ethnic/religious organizations? Check out ISSS's International Connections Guide for suggestions.
- ISSS's Life in the USA Presentation
- U.S. Department of State's "Adjusting to a New Culture- Culture Shock" Website
- USA.gov's Life in the United States Website provide information on U.S. holidays, traditions, currency, customs and more.
- "What's Up with Culture?" is a website designed to help a student "make successful cultural adjustments" before going overseas.
- Hofstede Insights Country Comparison allows you to view the cultural differences between two countries based on Hofstede's 6 dimensions. You can compare your country with the United States.
- Cross-Cultural Communication For Americans is a video explaining how cultural habits of Americans can differ from the habits of other people from around the world.
- Homesickness is common and you may experience it. If you are feeling homesick, reach out to ISSS for help, or consider making an appointment with Counseling and Psychological Services. You will also be able to find a lot of helpful tips online, such as here, here, and here.
- Albany is a vibrant area with lots to do! Take the time to explore the beautiful natural surroundings in New York and the Northeast, visit historical locations (did you know areas around Albany are some of the oldest settlements in the country?), and try new and exciting things! Visit our What to Do in Albany page for more information, or visit an ISSS advisor for suggestions.