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Counseling Center

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  • Counseling Center
    202-885-3500
    Fax: 202-885-1397
    Mary Graydon, Room 214

    Mon and Thurs: 9am-6pm
    Tues, Wed, and Fri: 9am-5pm

    Summer hours: M-F 9am-5pm

    Closed Saturday and Sunday

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Special Topics - International Travel

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 International Travel

QUESTION: What do these students have in common?

  • An international student enrolled in an AU degree program.
  • An international student visiting AU for a semester or a year, but not enrolled in an AU degree program.
  • A US student, spending an alternative Spring Break in another country.
  • A US student, visiting another country for a semester or a year.
  • An international student, spending an alternative Spring Break in another country.
  • A US student from a sub-culture that is different from the prevailing culture at AU.
  • A "global nomad" who is studying here at AU after growing up in several different countries.

ANSWER: They all cope with issues related to travel, adjustment, and the intercultural/international experience.


SPECIAL RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS ON THE MOVE

ON-LINE COUNSELING CENTER PAMPHLETS

"Emotional Health: A Guide for International Students"
"Do You Have... Travel Anxiety!?"
"Traveling With Medications and Other Mental Health Needs"


MEETING WITH A COUNSELOR

If you have concerns related to your international or intercultural experience, you are invited to have a confidential conversation with a Counseling Center counselor. A counselor can work with you to explore your situation and help you locate additional sources of support. For example, if you are an international student who would like ongoing counseling, we may be able to introduce you to a private practitioner who speaks your native language or who is familiar with your culture-of-origin. If you are a US student who is already in psychotherapy, we can advise you about how to arrange continuing care while you are abroad. Call us (x3500) or come by the office (MGC-214) to make an appointment with a Counseling Center counselor.

WEB LINKS

The following links have information about culture shock and other issues relevant to students on the move...

Cultural Adjustment: Customs of the US
Culture Shock 

Homesickness

See our Self-Help Web site for more information on a wide range of topics that might help you understand your experiences and your identity. The site includes an online library of web links, informal self-assessment quizzes, and access to several online "advice" sites. In addition, there are pamphlets and handouts available in the Self-Help Library located in the reception area of the Counseling Center, MGC-214.

OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES AT AU

International Affairs
Multicultural Affairs Office
International Student and Scholar Services