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Life and Customs in the US

There are many topics within American Life and Customs in the United States. Below are a few links and resources to get started.

Culture of the United States

International Student Guide to the United States 
Culture of the United States (Wikipedia)
USA101: A guide to America's iconic places, events, and festivals (National Geographic)
American Culture (Live Science)
101 Characteristics of Americans/America

Social Etiquette and Norms in the United States

Social norms are shared expectations about what kinds of behaviors are acceptable or not.  Social norms are not actual rules because you cannot get in legal trouble for breaking them, however, breaking social norms can make people uncomfortable or it can hurt the social lives of those who do it.

Etiquette in North America (Wikipedia)
Examples of Social Norm Violations (Social Experience Blog)
Body contact and personal space (Wikipedia)
Classroom Etiquette (National American University)
Parent-Teacher Relationship for children in school (Oprah)

American History, Arts, and Culture

USA.gov website
Welcome to the United States: A guide for new immigrants to the United States in multiple languages. Some services and information are not available for non-immigrant visa types.

Workplace Etiquette

Skills in Workplace Etiquette (Columbia University Center for Career Education)


International Calendar

Founded in 1964 as part of a Ford Foundation campus internationalization grant
One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
Each semester, the AEC enrolls about 250 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents
The Applied English Center offers field trips and conversation groups to our students
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times