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For International Students

Counseling Services 

The Counseling Center offers support to JMU students dealing with the challenges of being a university student in the United States. We offer a variety of services to help students, including individual, couples, and group counseling as well as psychiatric medication. If you are interested in learning more about a particular mental health concern, visit our Self-Help page. Learn more about the Counseling Center by watching our commercial and our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you are concerned about a student and want to consult with a CC clinician, review How to Help A Distressed Student. If you are concerned about a student's immediate safety, follow the instructions in Emergency Assistance.

Counseling in the U.S.

The idea of talking with a clinician about personal issues may seem unfamiliar or strange. If you believe that seeking counseling means you are weak, unsuccessful, or "crazy," it may prevent you from receiving necessary support. Dealing with personal and emotional concerns by talking with a professional is a very common experience in the U.S. Many U.S. students view these services as a helpful and effective way of dealing with current situations and problems. In fact, 50% of U.S. college counseling center clients received counseling before coming starting college. The CC sees 1 in 5 JMU students before graduation. 

If you aren't sure what counseling looks like or if you would benefit from it, review Do I need counseling?

Common Concerns

You may experience a variety of adjustment issues when transitioning to life in the US. Some of them happen quickly and others develop later. Here are some examples that CC clinicians discuss with international students:

  • Difficulties with time management
  • Sleep problems
  • Loneliness and homesickness
  • Language difficulties
  • Culture shock
  • Adjustment to new academic styles and pressures
  • New social situations
  • Discrimination
  • Developing new friendships and relationships
  • Keeping in touch with loved ones at home

See our Adjusting to Life in the United States page, for more information.

The Peer Mentor Program

The Counseling Center Peer Mentor program offers first year multicultural and international students the opportunity to connect with a fellow student to get additional support in the transition into college life at JMU.

Translated Counseling Center Brochures

Vietnamese brochure   Arabic brochure   Mandarin brochure
Vietnamese  Arabic Mandarin

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