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Living in the US

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

The US Culture - The United States is a diverse nation. As you have an opportunity to explore the country, you will find that along with the changing landscape and climates, you will 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 into 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. As the start of your Check In, Orientation and academic term may fall around a US holiday, it is a good idea to keep in mind the University calendar so you do not arrive at the University on a day the offices are closed. Holidays which SNHU observes are: New Year's Day; Memorial Day; Fourth of July; Labor Day; Columbus Day; Thanksgiving; Day after Thanksgiving; Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year's Eve. 

As you are adjusting to life in the US, please remember that SNHU staff are here for you. If you have questions or need further support, please come speak with staff within International Student Services, Academic Advising, and the Wellness Center as we will be happy to help.