International Student Services

How to Use CAPS

If You Are Interested in Seeking Services Through CAPS:
  • Call (402) 472-7450 to schedule a 10–15 minute phone appointment. The appointment will be scheduled ASAP and will help us set you up with the appropriate services. Assistance is available from Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If You Are Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis:
Have you experienced a personal, psychological, or physical trauma recently? Has your level of distress increased significantly? Has someone asked you to come to CAPS or another mental health resource? Are you having thoughts or have you made a plan to hurt yourself or others? Has a friend, intimate partner, or family member hurt you physically or emotionally?
  • Call (402) 472-7450, assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


How Does Counseling Work?

CAPS offers a safe, confidential place where a student can slow down, think out loud, get support, and start finding solutions. A counselor can teach you things like new ways to manage stress or communicate with your partner. They can offer new perspectives and help you identify more options. Counselors can also put you in touch with other resources to help with your problems. Counseling is a great way to get support during a difficult situation. See Below for More Counseling FAQs

Privacy and Confidentiality: All CAPS services are confidential. All records are accessible only to CAPS staff. Information is released only with the written consent of the client, except as required by law. (Title IX Information)



Available Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To make your appointment, call (402) 472-7450
or stop by the University Health Center

Meet the CAPS Staff



Students who have paid current UNL student fees receive their first 4 counseling sessions for NO CHARGE.

We Help UNL Students with:

Grief and Trauma
Relationship Difficulties

Sexuality Concerns
Diversity Concerns
Communication Skills
Social Justice Issues

Test Anxiety
Other Personal Concerns

Do you feel alone, scared, unsure, or hurt? Talk with us. We are here for you. We respect your privacy. Most international students have the University of Nebraska student health insurance policy. This policy pays for 100% of your charges for all of our services. You do not have to speak excellent English in order to talk with us.

Individual Counseling

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
  • Deciding which way you need to go in your professional development
  • Dealing with anxiety or depression
  • Healing from significant loss or trauma

Learn more about counseling


International Student Support Group

Fall 2016 Location and Time TBD

This group provides an opportunity to hear how other international students experience life in the U.S., gain knowledge of living in a new country, and offer a chance to practice your English in a safe and non-judgmental environment.


Other Support and Therapy Groups

We offer support groups to help students:

  • Work through personal issues in a group setting
  • Understand themselves and how others experience you
  • Receive support from other students experiencing the same issues

Online Mental Health Screening

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional. This program is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources.