Once you're here

Settling into a new way of life

Culture Shock

Moving away from the familiar surroundings of home to live and study in the UK, you may feel slightly disorientated, homesick and experience a sense of ‘culture shock’.

If you have difficulty concentrating, feel anxious, have a stomach ache or feel unusually tired – these can all be symptoms of your body and mind coming to terms with a new environment.

Don’t worry if this happens to you. We all take time to adjust to fresh surroundings and situations.

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Worried about settling in?

Sushant and Daniela are spending their first Christmas as students in Birmingham this year. Read their blog to see what it's like to be a BCU international student.

Read Sushant's blog

Online resources

There are resources available online to help you manage – for further information see:


A voluntary organisation that helps brings international students from different universities and colleges in the UK together