Culture Shock

Culture shock is defined as “the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes.”

Being far away from home can be exciting and scary. Adjusting may take some time but it’s best to take it one day at a time. As you become more comfortable many people find that experiencing a new culture is stimulating and broadening.

Student Services helps every international student feel welcomed, involved, and connected by providing support for students’ daily lives, planning many unique and exciting trips, and offering numerous opportunities to meet and talk to native English speakers. In short, we strive to help all of our students get the most from their experience in the US.

INTO CSU offers high levels of personalized services to ensure your success. These include:

  • 24-hour Emergency Phone – (970) 214-3124
  • Coordinators, instructors and advisers dedicated to supporting your academic performance
  • Full-time Student Engagement and Housing Coordinator to assist you with your on-campus or apartment housing reservation, changes, requests, questions and other issues (Contact:
  • Full-time Student Care Coordinator dedicated to helping you with any personal matter (Contact:

We also offer many trips and activities:

  • Day trips and overnight break trips
  • University sporting events, intramural sports, trips to professional sporting events
  • Welcome, Holiday, and Farewell Parties
  • Concerts and cultural events
  • Student clubs and organizations to join
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American Slang

Learning common American slang terms can help make your transition into university life much easier. Also, knowing how to use slang terms in everyday conversation will help demonstrate your knowledge of the English language to native speakers. Slang terminology is a very informal usage of vocabulary and is used more as playful or metaphorical. You can learn more about slang language by doing a few Google searches or asking native English speakers about it.

Here are some great resources for learning about common slang terms: