Diagnosis: Culture Shock

Subgroup Size

Small Group


45 minutes

External Cost


Lesson Plan


Activity created by Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair, CILMAR

While culture shock is often associated with study abroad, it can also occur in any situation that involves experiencing a new or unfamiliar culture (e.g. moving to a different region within your home country, switching jobs, attending a new school, etc.). The facilitator should ensure that participants understand the variety of scenarios where culture shock could happen.

The facilitator might consider doing a list brainstorming or word cloud group activity to generate some of the "symptoms" of culture shock that participants have experienced or witnessed others experiencing. See Links for some suggested word cloud generators.