Cultural Discovery

If you do not experience cultural discovery while abroad, then you have missed the point of leaving home. Everything you will experience abroad which is new and different to you is a result of the cultural aspects of your destination. Shared values of the people are expressed in the art, literature and day to day way of life of a country, and you will be sifting your way through the obvious differences as well as the subtle distinctions which make different cultures so fascinating. Cultural differences can be exciting and fun, but often are challenging and drive you to reflect on your own cultural upbringing as well.  


Prior To Departure - GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Enhances your Cultural Discovery

Prior to departure, your coordinator will provide you with an extensive participant guide and a predeparture webinar to introduce you to the culture you will experience once abroad.


Sample Scheduled Activities through GlobaLinks Learning Abroad which Enhance your Cultural Discovery 

Night out at The Sydney Night Noodle Markets

The Night Noodle Markets is a major highlight of the Food Festival with more than 125,000 guests dropping by Hyde Park North over 10 nights to enjoy an authentic Asian hawker market atmosphere. Hyde Park North will be transformed for two fabulous weeks, Monday to Friday only. With up to 40 food stalls, 3 bars and nightly entertainment, this is the must-see event of the Festival. Some  favorite Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Asian eateries will be there selling everything from authentic Thai desserts to Peking duck pancakes and Shanghai-style dumpling soup.  Free entry with some food provided by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad. 


Billy Elliot - The Musical - an Excursion During the Bridging Cultures Program in London

Students will attend this hit musical about a talented young boy who becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family during the shut down of coal mines in England in the 1980s. The musical tells a cultural story of the region as well as provides students with entertainment from talented famous performers.



Meet Students Who Experienced Cultural Discovery While Abroad

Video Blogger - Milan

Angela Massino

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Australian Rules Football

Brad Bornstein

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Teaching English

Tony Miller


Budgeting, housing, classes, getting involved, local music, travel, culture, advice for other students, and more!

Carolyn Goebel

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Video Blogger - 

Emily Wold

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Birthdays &"New" Families

Matt Heinzman


Video Blogger - Sichuan

Lauren Lowe


Running in NZ

Kristopher Kagan

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Video Blogger - Stirling

Addie Domske

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Summer Video Blogger

Cyrene Quiamco

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Difference between British and Welsh

Jeremy Stull

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Acheiving in Asia 

Brent Bowers


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What is Cultural Discovery?


  • Dried fish
  • Laksa
  • Meat pies
  • Tim Tams
  • Vegemite
  • Haggis
  • Kolache
  • Pavlova
  • Dumplings
  • Knedliky

Public Transportation

  • Subways
  • Buses
  • Trains
  • Tuk Tuks
  • Bicycles
  • Vespas
  • Drivers on the "wrong" side of the road
  • Taxis

Landmarks of Cultural Signifcance

  • Great Wall of China
  • Uluru (Ayer's Rock)
  • Big Ben
  • Charles Bridge (Prague)
  • The Globe Theater
  • The Opera House
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Platform 9 3/4
  • Castles
  • Churches

Festivals and Events

  • Sporting events
  • Music festivals
  • Art festivals and exhibits
  • Highland games
  • Pride Parade
  • Dance expeditions


  • Diwali Festival of Light
  • Ramadan
  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Restoration Day of the
  • Independent Czech State
  • Australia Day
  • Chinese New Year
  • Waitangi Day
  • Songkram
  • Anniversary of Liberation (Italy)
  • ANZAC Day (Australia, New Zealand)
  • Queen’s Day (the Netherlands)


  • Gestures
  • Topics of conversation
  • Fashion trends
  • 'Give it a go' attitude
  • Religion
  • Gender roles
  • Work/school schedules
  • Use of language
  • Cost of living
  • Quality of life