If you’re planning to study in the U.S., you probably have questions about American culture. You may wonder what social rules you need to know and follow to live here harmoniously.

Learning about etiquette—good manners—is important to anyone traveling to a new country. Here are five areas of daily life in which you’ll want to learn more about American rules of etiquette, plus five sources for more information.

American Classroom Culture


What kind of participation do American professors expect? What should you call your professor? This article from Abeline Christian University answers these questions and more.

Dining Etiquette



Discover American customs for ordering, eating, and ending the meal. This resource from Kent University’s career exploration and development office gives handy tips for both receptions and meal. You’ll feel comfortable and confident at even the most formal restaurants after learning these rules.

Gratuity guide: Rules for tipping in the United States


Tipping is often one of the most confusing aspects of American culture. CNN’s guide for international visitors to the U.S explains the reasons behind our tipping culture and typical amounts to tip for various services.

The Good Conversationalist: The Basics


What should you talk about when you meet someone for the first time? Learn the basics of small talk and social conversation from America’s most respected etiquette experts at the Post Institute.

3 Lessons for International Students About Dating in the U.S.


Many students find love while studying abroad, but first they have to figure out the social norms of dating and relationships in this country. U.S. News & World Report’s International Students Counsel blog offers important advice.