- For international students, we attend to the specific concerns you might be experiencing while you are at UNL and away from home. For example, some common reasons to seek counseling may be:
- Dealing with changes or stress in your life (e.g., moving to a different country)
- Finding productive ways to adjust to a new culture
- Discovering ways to blend American culture with your own
- Coping with culture shock (e.g., homesickness, desire to avoid social events, physical concerns and sleep disturbances, difficulties with course work and concentration)
- Feeling out of control of emotions such as sadness, loneliness, depression or anger
- Difficulty with building strong relationships with people
- Deciding which way you need to go in your professional development
- Dealing with anxiety or depression
- Healing from significant loss or trauma
"International students in the USA"
- This is a 6-week drop-in discussion group that usually starts during the 4th or 5th week of each academic semester. Two professionals facilitate the group. One of the facilitators is an International student and the other is an American professional. The following topics are discussed in the group:
- Cross-cultural communication
- Culture shock and other adjustment issues
- Expectations and reality of life in the USA
- Educational system
- Effective coping strategies
During the group meetings, you will have opportunities to share your experiences of life in the USA; help other participants to deal with adjustment issues and finds ways to enjoy your life in the USA; practice English; and meet new friends (Internationals as well as Americans).
You do not need to sign up to participate in the group. Just check CAPS web-site for the information on the time and location of the next group meeting and join us!
International Student Resources
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We can help you to discover a more enriching life here at UNL! We offer a variety of services to international students.
"Culture Shock and Adjustment Issues"
CAPS psychologists and counselors visit ELL classes every semester to give a short presentation about culture shock. During the presentations, the class has the opportunity to be involved in discussing adjustment issues they experience.
Our staff is available to offer presentations on cultural adjustment to UNL students and faculty. If you would like to invite one of the CAPS professionals to do a presentation on these issues, please contact the CAPS office at 472-7450.
The multiculturally and professionally diverse staff at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) consists of psychologists, counselors and psychiatrists are available to respond to a broad spectrum of concerns and issues. REMEMBER, you do not have to speak excellent English in order to talk us! Opportunities to do counseling in your native language may also be available!
All CAPS services are confidential. All records are accessible only to University Health Center staff. Information is released only with written consent of the client, except as required by law.
The first three counseling visits are at no charge for any student during their enrollment at UNL. Most international students have the student health insurance policy. This policy will pay for 100% of your charges for any counseling or psychiatric visits. Therefore, international students can receive any of CAPS services at no cost. The only exception is that the policy only pays a very limited amount for any medications.