INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS who have recently been accepted to U.S. colleges can expect to experience a little culture shock when first entering an American classroom. But understanding and preparing to embrace differences in classroom instruction and environments ahead of arrival on campuses in the fall can help students start out strong.

“The U.S. was founded on the democratic principle that we are all created equal, and this value is on full display in the classroom. Students in American universities are often expected to speak up in class, share their opinions and viewpoints and get to know their professors,” says Eric Endlich, founder of Top College Consultants in Boston.