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Welcome! The Tufts International Center looks forward to meeting you in person when you make one of your first stops when you come to the International Center to check in with us. Don't forget to bring along your immigration documents and those of any dependents.

cultural adjustment  Cultural Adjustment
Taking every opportunity to learn about and experience your new environment can ease the process of cultural adjustment. Learning about the host culture, taking initiative in building relationships, understanding the norms and expectations of the academic or work environment, as well as familiarizing oneself with the normal stages of culture shock are all part of the knowledge that can lead to assimilation and balance.
weather  Weather
Massachusetts is part of a region in the United States called New England, where the weather is very unpredictable. Although there are four distinct seasons (summer, fall, winter, spring), the weather often changes quickly and dramatically. The summers (June-September) can be very hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from 15 to 36C (60 to 100F). The winters (December-March) tend to be cold and wet with snowstorms, and temperatures ranging from 17 to 3C (0 to 37F).
clothing  Clothing
You will need three basic types of clothing for the New England weather. In the summer, lightweight clothing is recommended but should include light or cotton sweaters and pants. In the fall and spring, medium-weight clothing including a raincoat and/or a jacket should keep you comfortable. In winter, heavy woolen clothing such as pants and turtleneck sweaters is recommended. For outerwear in the winter, a woolen or down coat, hat or cap, gloves, and warm waterproof boots are essential.
electricity  Electricity
The voltage used in the United States for small appliances is 110-V (60 cycles), not 220-V (50 cycles). If you bring appliances that use 220-V to 240-V, you must use a converter. Converters are available for purchase; however they can be expensive, sometimes costing as much as a new appliance.