Everyone that has ever travelled abroad knows that this could be a problem. When you travel to new country you will experience some kind of a shock. Everything will be new to you and nothing would seem familiar. According to erasmus forum there are several things that help you to minimize the impact of culture shock. Here are some good examples of how to deal with the shock: Understanding that this is a normal experience for most people, keep in touch with home and relatives, have familiar things around you (pictures of your family, things from your home…), eat familiar food (if you are from Italy than eat pasta often hehe), make friends with other international students who are also likely experiencing culture shock just like you. Also do some sports – play basketball, football if you like such sport. Don’t feel a stranger, because you are not. Also, before you go try to learn as much as you can about the foreign country you are intended to go. Learn about the country habbits and try to learn the language before you leave. You do not have to speak it fluently, but try to learn some basic words and grammar. Not all people knows english, so be prepared. People are always more open to visitors who try and learn their language. So, don’t worry and have a fun journey.