Many of us think we are well-equipped to live, work or study overseas. We may speak the language but often we lack the cultural awareness and skills to be successful. It can be challenging to build professional and personal relationships, to adapt to local norms and to avoid making cultural mistakes or causing offence.

When operating in culturally diverse situations it can help to be open and curious to different ways of doing things and to be willing to adapt and learn about other cultures.

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