While it is common for college students to experience stress while on campus, it is important to know that studying abroad may compound this stress due to the natural challenges of living and studying in a foreign country/culture. This page will offers students advice on how to prepare for their study abroad experience as well as access counseling services while abroad.
Preparing to Study Abroad
Students who participate in regular counseling to help manage stress, anxiety, or other mental health conditions should plan ahead for their semester abroad.
While SU Abroad center locations do not have counseling centers on-site, we can refer students to English-speaking counselors in the local community. It is common for students studying abroad to experience stress, home sickness, and other forms of culture shock. SU Abroad center staff will be happy to speak confidentially with you and provide you with a counseling referral. Please don't be afraid to ask for assistance. SU Abroad wants every student to have a healthy and happy experience abroad. Who do I go to for help?
Helping a Friend or Student
Students and faculty may worry that their friend/student is experiencing difficulty coping with stress and/or other mental health conditions while abroad. We encourage students and faculty to speak to an SU Abroad staff member and/or refer the student to seek assistance.
When to Refer
Consider referring a student to the SU Abroad staff if you notice:
How to Refer
If you notice any of these warning signs, the best way to make a referral is to inform the student in a straightforward, matter-of-fact manner of your concern. Be specific regarding the behavior patterns you have observed. At this point, suggest that he/she consider personal counseling and refer the student to the designated SU Abroad staff member for assistance. If the student agrees to the referral, you may:
Except in emergencies, the option should be left open for the student to accept or refuse a referral for counseling.
An emergency can occur anytime. In some instances of severe emotional disturbance, immediate response is necessary for the well-being of the student or others. In an emergency, call the respective SU Abroad emergency phone number or the SU Abroad home office, 001-315-443-3471.
Frequently Asked Questions about Counseling Referrals
What can I say to encourage a student to go to counseling?
I'm concerned about you because:
What if the student resists? Below are some responses to common student statements:
"I'm not crazy." Reassure the student that most of the students who receive counseling are looking for help with common everyday problems and concerns, and are not "crazy."
"I can take care of it on my own." Point out that therapists don't do things for you or tell you what to do, they help you discover what's not working and how you might make things better for yourself.
"But I don't want anybody to know." Explain to the student that the counseling referrals are kept as confidential as possible.
What are common psychological issues for college students?
The Syracuse University Counseling Center provides information on these topics on their website found here.
Any SU Abroad staff member will assist a student in distress, however, below is a list of staff members who specialize in referring students to counseling services.
Assistant Director for Student Health and Wellness
Emergency Phone: 39-335-721-8484
Senior Student Services Coordinator
Emergency Phone: 44-795-7473-159
Administrative Health Coordinator
Emergency Phone: 34-696-413-977