Culture Shock Experienced by Foreign Workers


  • Diah Ayu Rafika Ms
  • Indawan Syahri
  • Rini Susanti



culture, culture shock, workers, foreign workers


The purpose of this study is to investigate various aspects of culture shock experienced by foreign workers and how they deal with culture shock. The study further documented various aspects of culture shock such as language, environment, friends at work, food, dress etc., and also how to deal with it. The data were collected from 4 subjects through a semi-structured interviews via WhatsApp with Indonesian who worked in various countries (Lebanon, Australia, Malaysia, and Japan). One of the major findings of this study is that Indonesian foreign workers who worked overseas experienced cultural shock both in similar and different aspects of culture shock. Six aspects among the ten were experienced by all of the four subjects. Meanwhile, the rest four aspects were only experienced by some of them. This study documented ten different categories of culture shock aspects that can be experienced by people while they are working in foreign countries.

Author Biography

Diah Ayu Rafika, Ms

English Education Study Program


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How to Cite

Rafika, D. A., Syahri, I., & Susanti, R. (2018). Culture Shock Experienced by Foreign Workers. Archives of Business Research, 6(4), 115–129.