International Student Discussion Series: Enhancing Well-Being and Success in the US

Co-sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

The successful and well attended discussion series of 2009 is back to offer more exciting conversations! International students face unique challenges in adapting to living and learning in a new culture. We don’t want you to face those challenges alone!

Our walk-in discussion group provides a regular meeting place to connect with other international students, to get input from professionals about effective coping skills that would ease your adjustment, and about strategies that would enhance your success while studying in the US. You would also gain practical knowledge about US culture and customs.

Meetings will be conducted in the spirit of engagement and learning from one another. The seminar leaders will provide activities, films, speakers, problem-solving suggestions and advice, and promote lively conversations.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psychological Services offers free and confidential services to all Penn undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Our services include individual and group counseling and therapy, crisis intervention, structured workshops, psychological testing, medication reviews, and consultation. In general, our staff are experienced in working with international students. We also have an International Specialist on staff whom in collaboration with other CAPS staff and campus partners, facilitates the provision of outreach programs (e.g., International Student Discussion Series), group therapy (e.g., International Graduate Support Group), multilingual individual therapy (e.g., Mandarin and Cantonese), and consultation that are geared towards international students at Penn.

What topics will be covered in Fall 2014?

August 26: Getting started at Penn: Adjustment and culture shock

September 9: Making friends with Americans at Penn

September 23: Living away from home: Healthy coping and managing family’s expectations

October 7: Managing relationships with advisors/professors/supervisors

October 21: Career development and job/internship search

November 4: Wellness: What every international student should know

November 18: Romantic relationships and dating

December 9: Going home: Challenges and expectations

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Who should attend?

• Undergraduate and graduate international students

• We welcome students who want to come to the group on bi-weekly basis, as well as students who just want to drop in and see what it is about.

When and where do we meet?

• Every other Tuesday from 4pm-5pm
• Graduate Student Center (GSC): Room 305

Who are we?

Dr. Yuhong He is a CAPS Psychologist from China with expertise in international students' issues. She has personal life experience adjusting to living and studying in the U.S.

Dr. Rudie Altamirano is the Director of the International Student and Scholar Services. He has extensive experience conducting cross-cultural workshops and issues related to international students. He has earned his graduate degrees from a U.S. university and has been living in the United States for 30 years.