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Summer study abroad students talk about the biggest culture shock

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This summer, Tallahassee worked internationally with a number of Florida State University students studying in places like Spain, Italy and England. These students applied through the FSU International Program and, once successful, were given the opportunity to study in various locations for 4 weeks or she for 6 weeks. Many of these students had traveled before, but some stated that this was their first experience officially “living” abroad. As with any trip to a new place, customs and cultural differences are to be expected, but some of her FSU students said they still experienced culture shock.

One of the common cultural differences many FSU students experienced was the language barrier. “When I saw Italian in the grocery store, I never thought I would be unable to read anything,” says Junior Kayla Bakaneck, who studied in Florence, Italy.