Bridgewater State University
International Student and Scholar Services
Important Cultural Differences
Personal space- Americans generally like to keep some physical distance between themselves and others.
Independence- you do everything yourself.
The weather changes frequently- wear layers so you can take them off and be comfortable.
Bridgewater is a small town near Boston. It is a quiet college town. The train station is on the BSU campus, so you can go to Boston on weekends.
Americans are punctual. It is important to be on time.
Americans appreciate open and honest communication. Be brief and get to the point.
Food portions in restaurants are large - you can share or take home your leftovers.
It is acceptable to take food into class - be discrete and moderate.
Be aware of your country's relationship with the U.S.
Bring a traditional garment/outfit so you can wear to international events.
Please do let us know if you have a talent that you would like to present at international events on campus.
Bring music and if possible, we request that you bring a poster or decorative item to contribute to the CIE.
Learn about academic honesty and plagiarism. It is a very important factor in the academic experience.
You will be using computers and the Internet frequently.
Individuals with disabilities are an integral part of American society. Restaurants, classrooms, public transport, etc. are generally accessible to all.
If you crave your cultural food, you are likely to find it in Boston or in neighboring cities like Plymouth. Consider bringing basic spices with you because you will probably find them to be expensive in local stores or markets.
You are more likely to succeed and enjoy your academic experience if you get involved in campus activities and make friends with Americans.
Do not assume anything - ask questions. ISSS is here to help you!
Last Modified: August 30, 2012