Did you just arrive in Spain and maybe you’re facing cultural shock?

Cultural shock, often spelled as "culture shock," is a psychological and emotional phenomenon that occurs when individuals encounter a culture that is significantly different from their own. It's a common experience for people who travel, live, or work in foreign countries or regions with distinct customs, values, traditions, and social norms.


Experiencing cultural shock during your Erasmus in Spain is a natural part of the adventure. It's an opportunity for personal growth, learning, and broadening your horizons as you navigate a foreign culture, develop new perspectives, and create lasting memories.

Cultural shock often follows a pattern resembling an emotional roller coaster. Initial excitement gives way to frustration and homesickness as you encounter the challenges of adapting to a new culture. Over time, as you develop a routine, build friendships, and gain a better understanding of the local way of life, you'll likely find yourself more comfortable and integrated.

Dealing with bureaucratic processes like setting up a bank account, obtaining a residence permit, and navigating public transportation systems can be challenging. Patience and adaptability are key traits when overcoming these hurdles.

Making friends during your Erasmus experience in Spain can greatly enhance your time abroad and help you navigate the cultural shock.

Most universities host orientation events, welcome parties, and cultural activities for international students. These events provide an excellent opportunity to meet new people in a relaxed and friendly environment.

And don’t forget to go to the Welcome Weeks of ESN, that surely can help you meet new people and make the friends you’ll call family for the rest of your Erasmus experience.