Living in a new country for the first time can seem like a very unusual place to be. We want to make sure that your time here is enjoyable and happy. This page offers some helpful tips on adjusting to living in a new country, and opportunities to get involved with.Know what you're looking for? Go to:
- Useful links
- Coping with a different culture
- Get involved in non-academic activities
- STaR Mentors
- The Newcomers' Group
- University Jargon buster - use this jargon buster to help you decode unfamiliar words used at the University.
- Student Stories - this is a site featuring students talking honestly about their own university experiences.
- Creating Confidence - a British Council leaflet containing practical advice about living and studying in the UK.
- International Students with Children - important information about child care and schools in Reading.
- Health and EEA nationals - information on healthcare access for EEA nationals
- International Focus - is a voluntary organisation in Reading made up of university students, staff and friends that run social events, hospitality and sightseeing trips for international students. Their hope is that students will develop friendships and have an enjoyable, beneficial and positive experience during their stay in this country.
- Take a look at our film about the community here at the University of Reading.
- Host UK - is a voluntary organisation that can provide you with the chance to meet or stay with a British family for a day or a weekend.
Many students find that the impact of moving from a familiar culture to living and working in a new and different environment in the UK can take quite a bit of adjustment.
Learning the different ways of doing things, being separated from important people in your life and finding out the 'rules' of a different country can cause something known as 'culture shock'.
This is a process that many people go through when they experience a change of environment. Everything seems different and unfamiliar: the language, the weather, the time zone, the social rules, the academic ways of working and expectations. Going through a period of adjustment is quite normal, after all, everyone goes through an adjustment process when they make a major life change, such as moving to a new home or city, changing their jobs or moving to a different country.
At first you will probably be excited about the new things you will experience such as the food, weather, culture and language, however after a short while the differences you are experiencing can become unsettling and you may even start to feel homesick.
You might begin to wonder if you have made a mistake and chosen the wrong pathway.
All of these feelings and thoughts are perfectly natural and everyone (UK and international students) will be going through an adjustment experience to some level and usually it won't last long.
- RUSU societies
- RUSU sports clubs
- RUSU Volunteering
- Information for volunteering in schools
- RED award
STaR mentors are current students that are available to help new undergraduate and postgraduate students with their start at Reading. Talking to a STaR mentor before you arrive and in the first term can help you settle in to student life and have your questions answered about living and studying in the UK. Contact the STaR mentor partnership for more information.
The Newcomers' Club offers an excellent opportunity for the partners of our UK and international students and staff to meet with one another and improve their conversational English. Most newcomers are mothers with young children but all, including fathers, are welcome.
They meet every Thursday during term term from 10.30 till 12:00 in the Chaplaincy Building at Whiteknights Campus. For more information contact Sue Murdoch on +44(0)118 987 2564 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.