What will I learn in the Cultural Orientation before I travel to the U.S.?

Some background about this question:

  • Most refugees receive 16-21 hours of cultural orientation.  In a few cases (such as in Iraq), refugees receive an abbreviated session of 6-7 hours.
  • Overseas Cultural Orientation covers 11 topics:
    • Pre-Departure Processing (processing, travel, and resettlement)
    • Role of the Resettlement Agency
    • Housing
    • Employment
    • Transportation
    • Education
    • Health
    • Money Management
    • Rights and Responsibilities
    • Cultural Adjustment
    • Travel1
  • For more information on Cultural Orientation, check the Cultural Orientation Resource Center and its Welcome to America Guide (which is available in Arabic).



  1. Cultural Orientation Resource Center, COR []

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