Enthusiastic welcome offered to the first Indian student to arrive in Dresden, East Germany (1951)One of the most common causes of culture shock involves individuals in a foreign country. Culture shock can be described as consisting of one or more distinct phases. There is no true way to entirely prevent culture shock, as individuals in any society are personally affected by cultural contrasts differently.
During this period, the differences between the old and new culture are seen in a romantic light, wonderful and new. For example, in moving to a new country, an individual might love the new food, the pace of the life, the people's habits, the buildings and so on. During the first few weeks, most people are fascinated by the new culture. They associate with the nationals that speak their language and are polite to the foreigners. This period is full of observations and new discoveries. Like most honeymoon periods, this stage eventually ends.” When an individual sets out to study, live or work in a new country, he or she will invariably experience difficulties with language, housing, friends, school, and work.