Students will experience new cultures, people, food, music and probably a new language when they go abroad. Before students start to understand and appreciate the differences of their host-country, they usually experience some culture shock. Culture shock is a logical reaction to differences we encounter in a foreign culture. Even if you are going to a country that may feel familiar such as the UK or Australia, there will be differences from the U.S.
Everyone who goes through the process of adapting to a new culture experiences some degree of culture shock, anticipate this as a normal part of your study abroad experience. When you become familiar with these stages, you will be better equipped to combat it. (Sources: DiversityAbroad.com and StudyAbroad.com)
The various phases which you might find yourself going through in this process include: