How to Handle with Cultural Shock?
Handling Culture Shock in Germany
Culture shock is a usual experience for many people who move abroad, how can a student deal with the shock of integrating into a new culture?
Spending some time to learn about local cultural customs and having a basic knowledge of German will help foreign students overcome culture shock in Germany.
Language hurdle in Germany
Although many Germans speak English as a second language, there’s no guarantee that everyone student meet will be able to speak it fluently.
It’s a good idea for students to take some basic German lessons before they come to Germany. Being able to speak a few basic phrases will make socializing with locals easier and also advantageous in a working environment.
Germans usually appreciate it when foreigners try to communicate in their language and are often willing to help new arrivals improve their language skills.
All programs of IAS College include training of German Language.
Cultural etiquette in Germany
New students from abroad soon find that Germans value privacy ,order and punctuality. Careful planning and preparation helps many people maintain a sense of security during their studying period as well in working environment.
People in Germany tend to observe to rules quite strictly, and they’re seen as letting people know what’s expected of them. Foreign students shouldn’t be offended if someone corrects their behaviour, for instance telling them that they have parked incorrectly – keeping each other in check is seen as a social responsibility and its part of cultural etiquette in Germany.
As mentioned earlier Germans are very disciplined they generally believe there is a right time for every activity and keep their personal and work lives separate. At work, they focus on the task at hand rather than making small talk or browsing in social media and they avoid talking extensively about their work at social occasions.
Efficiency is also important in the workplace. When the workday ends at around 5 pm or 6 pm, people are expected to leave. If someone stays after normal business hours, it usually isn’t seen as a sign of their being hard working but rather that they didn’t plan their day well. In some cases, the employee likes his or her job, feels responsible and may work extra time without getting money for it in such cases bosses don’t complain.
Punctuality is vital too, in social activities and business and a person being late for a meeting is seen as disrespectful. Students should make every effort to arrive on time and let their associates know if they’re running a little late.
Communication in Germany
Germans tend to communicate directly and they are generally polite, Germans respect each other’s privacy so it may seem unfriendly and unemotional at first. But this type of uprightness may cause offence in other cultures, but it’s appreciated and expected here. Similarly, being loud or angry in public is seen as a sign of weakness.
Germans appreciate their individual space so touching people while speaking should be avoided unless they’re close friends or family . It’s best to keep an arm’s length of space when talking to acquaintances. Similarly foreign students should be careful about complimenting people and do so carefully – too many can come across as false and embarrass a person rather than compliment them.
How IAS College helps in handling culture shock?
IAS College guides and assists from the date of students arrival in Germany onwards. Do´s and don´ts in Germany belong to the first lessons students will be taught. Culture shock is intended to be kept as small as possible.During all IAS programs culture is an integral part. In addition to talks and seminars IAS College is trying to organize contacts to German families so that the students can spend quality time with them by participating the families everyday –life they learn about living in Germany. We also provide thorough orientation towards workplace etiquette and practices through our courses.