Culture Shock Survey

The survey and research are aiming at evaluating the levels of cultural shock of first-year international students at WashU as well as the efficacy of the transition programs offered to the international students. The entire survey would take approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Thank you so much for your precious time!

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Measurement of Culture Shock
For this section, please select how much you agree with each of the statements below.
The effort to adapt to the new environment at WashU has caused me stress. *
I miss my family and friends back home. *
At some point, I wish I had chosen to attend university in my home country. *
When talking to people, I find them difficult to understand, due to slang and unfamiliar phrases. *
I feel confused about my social niche at WashU. *

I feel anxious when meeting and talking with local people.

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I feel helpless or powerless when trying to cope with the new culture.

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I feel isolated from this community.

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I have found things people are doing at WashU shocking or confusing.

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I find it difficult to be polite to other students and teachers.

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I do not like the food here.

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I do not have many local friends and prefer to socialize with friends from my home country or culture.

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I feel like WashU is a second home.

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Potential Factors Affecting Culture Shock
What nation are you originally from? *
How  familiar were you with the lifestyle here before arriving at WashU this summer?
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You had no idea what life here would be like.
You were very familiar with the lifestyle here.
Evaluate the extent to which social media helped build up your perception of the lifestyle mentioned in the previous question.
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Social media did not help build up your understanding at all.
Social media contributed tremendously to the build up.
How confident were you with your English speaking, reading, listening, and writing before coming to WashU?
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You lacked confidence in your English.
You were very confident with your English.
How often do you contact your parents? *
You do not contact your parents very often.
You contact your parents very often.
Do you agree with the following statement?
I am an outgoing and talkative person.
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Transition Program Offered at WashU
Which of the following activities did you attend during the First-year international (FYI) Orientation during August 17 to 20? (Please select all that apply)
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Are there specific reasons why you attended or did not attend the activities above?
I felt that the FYI leaders were supportive during the transition.
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Do you know about the office of International Student Engagement (OISE)?
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If you believe you were experiencing culture shock, would you seek help from OISE?
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Do you know the International Chat held by OISE?
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How many times have you attended these chats?
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Is there anything that you believe OISE and OISS (Office for International Students & Scholars) could do better to help international students adapt to the new environment at WashU?
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