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.
Support on Campus
- Check out the UH Calendar for events on campus! Many are free or available at a reduced price to students.
- Take advantage of the free internet on campus to communicate with family and friends back home! Use Skype for cheaper international calling.
- Familiarize yourself with the International Student and Scholar Services!
- Become a part of the International Friendship Program to meet families and individuals in the Houston area who are interested in meeting with international students. They can help you learn more about Houston and its rich culture.
- Visit CAPS if you need to voice your concerns with a trained professional!
Culture Shock & Re-Entry Shock
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 to adjust 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.
- Loneliness or homesickness
- Difficulties with roommate(s)
- Adjusting to U.S. culture and lifestyles
- Managing finances
- Academic pressure and different learning styles
- Time management to meet demands of academic, personal and familial obligations
- Career options or indecision
- Relationship difficulties
What is counseling?
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.
When to seek help
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.
How do I make an appointment?
Initial appointments at CAPS are offered on a walk-in basis. If you are interested in our services, simply come to CAPS between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm, 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.