Mentioning the Unmentionable

International education involves cultural adjustment on a tectonic scale. Political correctness, innate shyness, and taboos result in international students worrying excessively over several socio-cultural factors, but discussing them the least.

This chapter is a summary of a general session that was accepted for presentation at the annual NAFSA conference, which was held in Minneapolis in 2007. My co-presenters were: Ms. Mihaela Arsene, Fulbright Commission, Romania and Mr. Anatoly Anischenko, Educational Advising Center of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

The idea for this grew out of a small survey that I did with my students on cross-cultural adjustment. While preparing for an annual “predeparture orientation” ...

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