Welcome to the International Visitor Resource Guide. We have compiled information here about American culture and customs, the University of Maryland campus, how to navigate your way around the area, and other resources relevant for international students, scholars, and visitors. We hope that you will find this resource useful. If we have omitted information here that you think should be included, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestion.
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American Cultural Basics
The United States is a very large country, and Americans come from many cultural backgrounds. You will especially see this diversity in large metropolitan areas like the Washington, DC area. While in the United States, you will probably meet people from many different places, of many different races and ethnicities, and with many different religions and belief systems. Most Americans value the diversity of American culture, and may find it difficult to generalize about American culture. However, there are some basic cultural traits shared by most Americans:
For useful information about social customs, practices, and etiquette in the United States, you can visit http://www.edupass.com. This website is designed for visitors from abroad who are new to American society. At this site you will find advice about how to greet people, when to give gifts, how much personal space to allow, when and how much to tip, and many other things. You will also find information about such things as American holidays, time and temperature, and weights and measures.