Applying from overseas

UK Culture

It is likely that the UK will have a different culture, traditions and values to your country.  Here are two interactive exercises which may help you consider some of the differences you are likely to encounter.



Listen to some of our current staff talk about their experiences of settling in to UK life and UK culture:

Dr Mark Gallagher (USA) talking about settling into the
UK -  transcript (pdf, 63 KB)
Dr Bas Winkler (Netherlands) talking about settling into
the UK with a family -  transcript (pdf, 65 KB)

Culture Shock

Although aimed at international students, the following information from the UK Council of International Student Affairs gives some useful insight into culture shock:

Working in Nottingham is a great base to explore Europe from. As a staff member there are a generous number of holidays, making exploring Europe very easy using direct flights from the close-by East Midlands airport.

Dr Andrea Vernall
New Zealand


I am enjoying this place and my research. The environment is very good and great pleasure to be here at the University of Nottingham. Above all the people are very helpful!

Dr Jagadeesh Nanubolu

Female student getting help from the Student Service Centre

Further Reading

A book that you may find helpful is ‘Britain - culture Smart! ’ by Paul Norbury.

Britain - Culture Smart! by Paul Norbury - book cover

You can also read more information about UK culture on the UK Student Life and Project Britain websites.


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