Counselling for International students

Counselling may not be something you are familiar with or have done before because it is not common in some countries. Some international students think that counselling is only for people who have very serious problems. However, you do not need to have a serious psychological problem to make an appointment with a counsellor. Students at UVic can come to meet with counsellors to help them reach their goals and be successful in their education. Studying and your ability to learn can be affected when you are struggling in other areas of your life. Counselling is confidential and can be an active step to help you take care of yourself so that you can take care of your education. You can see a counsellor for an individual appointment or you can also participate in our Groups and Workshops.

Living in a new country or culture can present different challenges. Some of the issues international students discuss in counselling include (but are not limited to): cultural adjustment, making friends and working through interpersonal conflict, concerns about reactions from family members about choices, and managing student/supervisor relationships. Some of these issues might impact you in different ways. For example, you might feel sad, or lonely, or confused. You might also experience difficulties concentrating or sleeping or with your academic performance. These are just some examples of things that you can talk about with a counsellor.

You can also see our Personal Counselling page for more information.

How to make an appointment:

To book an individual appointment with a counsellor at Counselling Services, or to ask questions about our services, international students can contact the Counselling Services Office (250-721-8341), or drop by room B270 on the second floor of the University Centre building.

To find out more about each of our counsellors, you can visit our Meet the Team page.