MU sends more students to study overseas than any other college or university in Missouri and offers over 300 study-abroad programs.
"Sweet Victory! (Wellington, New Zealand)." Photograph by Erin Graham. Capturing the utter joy of an All Blacks victory over the National Rugby Team of France.
Culture is the sum total of the institutions, beliefs, customs, behaviors, artifacts, language and attitudes of a particular group of people. It is learned and transmitted from generation to generation. It is cumulative and everchanging. It is the way people think, act and speak as well as what they think about, why they act the way they do and what they say. Culture is the total way of life of a people.
Your culture affects everything you do, and it colors the way you view other cultures.
When the contact of cultures reveals extreme differences, or even contradictory views or customs, uneasiness — often referred to as "culture shock" — can occur. Dealing with this uneasiness is part of the valuable process of cross-cultural communication and understanding.
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