Adjusting to life in America

This section of the Refugee Center Online has ideas and information to help you better adjust to life in the US. By better understanding US culture and expectations, you will have a better resettlement experience. You can increase your feelings of having control over your life and hopefully have less stress and feel happier.

American Culture

American Values

Americans value things like privacy, independence, and their time. Learn about these important American values.

Public Behavior

Learn how to have good manners and about typical American behaviors


Learn about how Americans talk to each other.

Private Behavior

Information about family relationships, alcohol and drugs and dating in the United States.

Culture shock

Culture shock

When you move to America, you may experience culture shock.

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Refugee and Immigrant Experience


Learn how immigrants helped build the United States. Read about the history and personal stories of refugees in different cities across the US today.