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Living in the US

We hope you’ll find living in the U.S. an enjoyable experience. Often when you move to a new place, it takes time to meet people and develop new friendships, learn your way around and discover a favorite restaurant or market with foods from home. Below you’ll find some helpful information to assist you in your transition.

U.S. Culture - The United States is a diverse nation. As you have an opportunity to explore the country, you’ll find that along with the changing landscape and climates, you’ll encounter different accents, traditions and perspectives. The diversity of the people is one of America's strengths, so we encourage you to meet people within your local community and take time to understand each other's experiences. A great way to learn more about American cultures and customs is to get connected in SNHU and the greater Manchester area. Check out our Getting Involved page for some great ideas on how to do this.

National holidays - Americans celebrate a variety of holidays throughout the year. Some of these are observed nationwide while others are celebrated (or not) on a state-by-state basis. The start of your check-in, orientation and academic term may fall around a U.S. holiday, so it’s a good idea to keep in mind the university calendar so you do not arrive on a day the offices are closed. Holidays which SNHU observes are: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

As you adjust to life in the U.S. please remember that SNHU staff members are here for you. If you have questions or need further support, please reach out to International Student Services, Academic Advising and the Wellness Center, as we will be happy to help.