Our online tool „Learning from Culture Shocks” was created for students, faculty and staff of higher education institutions who are in some way involved with international mobility: students who are planning or living international mobility and staff who are welcoming or preparing students for such an experience.  It can be used as an autonomous learning tool or as inspiration for preparing on-arrival or pre-departure workshops for students in international mobility. The online-tool is not only text-based, but illustrate the critical incidents in a visually appealing way with pictures, icons and graphics. The tool was created by the team of the SOLVINC Erasmus+ project.

How to use this tool?

Each image is a window on a specific subject matter, a so-called “sensitive zone” in the context of international mobility in Higher Education.  By entering such a door, you can read the analysed culture shock experiences that were collected from students and from University staff members.  By clicking on “to go deeper” you will have access to background theory about the specific sensitive zone.

If you wish, you can also search our database using the search boxes in the top right corner.  You can choose incidents collected in a specific partner country (Austria, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal), or incidents that happen in a specific situation (for instance: plenary class session, cafeteria etc.). For further information on the method we used, please check out our Reader “Culture Shocks in Higher Education”.

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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