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International Student Services can provide various information sessions and trainings for interested departments, offices, or organizations on campus. Our staff is well-versed in topics such as F-1 and J-1 immigration regulations, employment opportunities for international students, cross-cultural communication and cultural adjustment, student support services, and more.

Please provide us with some brief information through the form below and an ISS representative will follow up with you as soon as possible regarding your request.

Culture Shock  Thursday, September 14, 2017

Do any of these sound familiar to you?

  1. Are you sleeping too much or have insomnia?
  2. Do you feel lonely even around others?
  3. Are you bored?
  4. Do you find small problems overwhelming?
  5. Are you very homesick?
  6. Do you feel frustrated or anxious or irritable?
  7. Are you questioning your decision to come to KU or the US to study?

If you are experiencing any of these, know that these are often the effects of Culture Shock.

Culture Shock describes the anxiety a person experiences when they move from their home culture to an entirely new cultural environment. As a new international student, when you move to a new country everything is unfamiliar; weather, food, language, social roles, customs – basically everything in your new life. Like any major life change this has definite reactions, many like the list above.

Culture Shock can also be explained as experiencing as the stages of the 4-F’s. Consider where you may be in the following stages:
Fun: the stage of excitement and adventure of experiencing new people, things, places and opportunities.
Flight: In this stage you experience the feeling of being unconnected and disoriented to your new surroundings and situation. In this stage there is often the urge to avoid everything which is different about your new experience. You may also feel isolated from your family, friends and culture at home.
Fight: During this stage most people find themselves negatively comparing everything to how it is back home. For example you may be feeling the food here is bad, the people are stupid, back home we do it this way, etc. You may have an overall negative feeling about your experience.
Fit: This stage is often described as that point of equilibrium between your new cultural context and your home culture. Things aren’t as bad as they seemed, I kind of like the food, etc. Often there is a willingness to understand and embrace your new status as a “third culture child” where you have combined your new and home cultures.

Regardless of what stage you find yourself in, the most important thing to remember is this process is normal. Everyone , EVERYONE, experiences this. You are not the only one going through this. Most people experience Culture Shock in stages; some people go through the stages multiple times. While it may take some time, you will begin to adjust to your new cultural surroundings.

Don't get discouraged!


  1. Remind yourself that what you are experiencing is normal.
  2. Get some exercise! Regular exercise is a great way to relieve stress.
  3. Remember to laugh, especially at yourself. Adjusting to a new culture is a challenge. Don’t take yourself too seriously; it will be easier if you keep your sense of humor.
  4. Maintain your confidence. Focus on your goals and aspirations.
  5. Eat heathy! That liter of “Cherry Garcia” ice cream might be good comfort food but a healthy diet will have longer lasting effects.
  6. Maintain your ties at home. Skype, email, text, Tweet, FaceTime, phone calls, even old fashioned hand written letters are good ways to maintain contacts with family and friends back home.
  7. Keep a journal or diary. Use this to express your feelings and emotions. There is no better place to get it all out than in a book no one else will see. It will also help you look back and see how far you’ve come.
  8. Step outside you comfort zone. Get out there and make new friends. Try something you’ve never done. Stretch your limits. New experiences will expand your world.
  9. Do not invest too much energy in things you cannot control. Do not over analyze what you are experiencing. Be in the moment and take advantage of new opportunities and experiences. You will have the rest of your life to figure out what these experiences mean.
  10. Most importantly, ask for help if you need it. There are many resources on campus to help you in this journey.

Remember, no has ever died because of culture shock. You will get through this. Enjoy the ride and come see me if I can help.


Stephen A. Byrn
Student Resource Coordinator
International Student Services
Strong Hall, Rm 2

Time Management  Thursday, September 7, 2017

Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough time to get everything done?

Often that feeling comes from the need for better time management. While there are only so many hours in the day, good time management will make a big difference in your academic performance. Another benefit is it will free up more time to do the things you like. Think of time management like setting up a budget. Just like you only have so much money each month, you only have so much time.

Here are some tips for better time management:

  1. Get a notebook/day planner to write down your schedule. Plan a balanced schedule including fixed and flexible times. First write in obligated times such as class times. Remember to give yourself time off for relaxation. Then pencil in flexible time requirements for sleep, personal affairs and recreation. Finally fill in the hours you intend to commit to study. Remember the old adage of 2-3 hours of study for each hour of class.
  2. Study your difficult subjects first. Most of us tend to put off what we dislike, yet the courses we find most difficult require the most effort. Save the work you enjoy for later as a reward for doing the hard stuff first.
  3. Schedule study time in 2 hour blocks. Study marathons are counter-productive. Take a planned study break every hour and switch subjects when you sense your concentration decreasing. Avoid studying similar subjects back to back.
  4. Be aware of your best time of day. Research has shown that humans generally are more effective during daylight hours. If this is true for you, schedule study time for your most difficult classes during the day.
  5. Use a regular study area at the same time on the same day. This will get your brain into the subject “groove” much faster.
  6. Commit yourself to specific times for specific subjects. Know when you will study chemistry, history, etc. This routine saves time and mental energy by helping you get down to business more quickly.
  7. Use “wait time” between classes to study. Time between classes is often wasted. Use it to review notes from the class you just left or do a preview of the upcoming class.
  8. Plan a brief weekly review of what happened in your classes that week. This cumulative review will pay off when you prepare for exams.
  9. Being a student is the BEST job you will ever have. If you approach your academics like a job you will be more successful. For example, for most jobs the work day starts at 8 or 9am until 5pm. If you plan your day around maximizing your study time between those hours, you will find you have more free time in the evenings and weekends AND you will get better grades.

Also check out the Academic Achievement and Access Center website for additional tips and advice on academic success.

Remember Rule #1 and ROCK CHALK!

Stephen A. Byrn
Student Resource Coordinator
International Student Services
Strong Hall, Rm 2

Welcome to the United States and KU!  Tuesday, August 29, 2017

We hope you enjoy your time here as a student. My name is Steve Byrn. I am the Student Resource Coordinator for International Student Service here at KU. My job is to help you be successful as a student at KU. I work with students on issues related to academic, cultural adjustment, time management, study skills, personal life, etc. Basically, I am the point of contact on just about any issue which affects your life as a student at KU. If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find out for you or connect you with resources to help you. I can relate to what it is like living in a different culture. Twice during my university career, I studied abroad. Over the semester I will be emailing you with tips via my, “LEARN WITH BYRN” emails to help you navigate your new cultural and academic surroundings.

The United States has cultural influences worldwide through art, music, film, etc. Many of these may have shaped your perceptions of life in America. However, these perceptions are often not accurate portrayals of our culture. The US is a country of vast diversity which you will see reflected on campus and in Lawrence. If you have any questions about life in the US, in Lawrence, on campus, or whatever, feel free to email or stop by to see me with questions about living in the US or being a student at KU. I will do my best to help.

Remember Rule #1 and Rock Chalk!

Stephen A. Byrn
Student Resource Coordinator
International Student Services
Strong Hall, Rm 2

Presidential Executive Order Update & Information

Message from Associate Vice Provost Charles Bankart regarding Supreme Court Decision on Trump Executive Order

State Department Cable regarding Implementing the Executive Order

International Students Dodge Trump’s Partly Reinstated Travel Ban, but Concerns Persist
International Students Dodge Trump’s Partly Reinstated Travel Ban, but Concerns Persist
International Students Dodge Trump’s Partly Reinstated Travel Ban, but Concerns Persist
International Students Dodge Trump’s Partly Reinstated Travel Ban, but Concerns Persist
International Students Dodge Trump’s Partly Reinstated Travel Ban, but Concerns Persist

Travel Advisory for Nationals of Certain Countries Pursuant to Executive Orders--NAFSA

International Students Dodge Trump’s Partly Reinstated Travel Ban, but Concerns Persist--The Chronicle

Information related to the March 6 Executive Order

Information related to the January 27 Executive Order



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