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The U-Curve of Cultural Adjustment

This poster shows the common phases of cultural adjustment that most people experience when moving to or visiting a new place. It is important to note that the length and intensity of each phase will vary, and that a newcomer may skip a phase altogether (such as those who plan to move on to another destination and do not go through the honeymoon phase) or may go through the U-Curve, or portions of the U-Curve, several times. Stages include: honeymoon phase, culture shock phase, adjustment phase, and mastery phase.