International students face a variety of challenges attending school in the states including adjusting to a new culture, new language, and different academic environment. That being said, it is useful to familiarize yourself with the resources that UH have available to make this transition as stress-free as possible.
Studying in another country can be a very exciting and rewarding experience. However, for some students the excitement can wane as they struggle with adjusting to their new environment or struggle adjusting upon their return to their home country.
Many of the challenges listed below affect international students. These are just a few topics a counselor may be able to help you with.
For many international students, counseling may not be a common practice in his/her home country. However, in the United States, counseling is becoming more common for individuals to express their concerns in a safe, friendly, and culturally sensitive environment. Counseling allows you to talk with a trained professional about issues related to your mental or emotional health in an effort to gain greater insight about yourself, to relieve emotional distress, to make desired changes in your emotional, interpersonal, academic life, and to improve your daily functioning and satisfaction.
If you are having difficulty adjusting to life in the U.S. that causes you any distress, then tell someone about your symptoms. You may wish to speak with family, friends, or even a psychologist. Asking for help is not easy, but it is a sign of courage and can help you make the most of your experience here.
Initial appointments at CAPS are offered on a walk-in basis. If you are interested in our services, simply come to CAPS between 8:30am and 4:00pm, Monday-Friday. You should expect about 15 to 20 minutes to complete paperwork, followed by a brief visit with a CAPS clinician. This initial contact is an opportunity for you and a CAPS clinician to determine what kinds of services will best meet your needs. This may include CAPS services or referrals to other campus and community agencies. Please let us know if you will need any accommodations or assistance with completing your paperwork at the time of your visit.