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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER - STUDY ABROAD

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER - STUDY ABROAD

Health & Safety
for Study Abroad

Emotional Adjustment

Most students experience some degree of emotional adjustment and "culture shock" when they arrive in their host country, no matter what their previous travel experience, psychological disposition, maturity, or knowledge of the host country may be. A period of mild disappointment or depression is a normal part of the study abroad experience and one that passes quickly for most students.

Counseling

If your period of adjustment lingers and you feel you would benefit from counseling while abroad, you can talk with an SDSU therapist by phone. Link to the Counseling and Psychological Services (C&PS) website for more information.  You can also take an online assessment if you have concerns about anxiety, depression, stress, or other issues.

Homesick while abroad?

Avoid sleeping too many hours or cocooning in your room too much. Withdrawing will make your transition that much tougher. The sooner you get involved and establish your routine, the sooner you’ll begin to feel comfortable in your new envirronment.

It helps to stay in touch. Learn about communicating with family and friends while you’re abroad via Skype, Google Talk, Viber and by phone.

Review these tips for adjusting to a new culture while you're abroad.

Medications

Important: If you are on psychoactive medication such as anti-depressants, be aware that some countries prohibit you from taking them with you (Japan, for instance).  You should speak with your primary physician about the medication you are currently prescribed and the implications in studying abroad and possibly in specific destinations.  See our Medications webpage for more suggestions.


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