Mental Health

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Along with physical health, it is equally important to note that the range of counseling services available to students at Brandeis University may vary or not be available overseas. Many insurance policies, if they reimburse for counseling services, may not do so for services provided overseas.

For your safety and well-being, it is vital that you inform your program provider of any physical, emotional or psychological difficulties or needs you have or may have experienced in the past. It is important for each student to know what mental health services are available in their host country and how they plan to access those services should the need arise.

Even under the most optimal conditions, adjusting to life in a different culture can be a stressful transition. On occasion, this stress may trigger or exacerbate more serious emotional conditions.

Remember that typical reactions to cultural transitions may include homesickness, boredom or fatigue, physical complaints, feelings of depression or helplessness, and/or hostility toward the host culture. However, these reactions are usually short-lived and completely normal.  If you are experiencing more than typical reactions, long-lasting feelings of the above, or if you would benefit from assistance with these feelings, please seek assistance with either local professionals, home support networks, your study abroad program, or the Office of Study Abroad. Planning as early as possible is always advised and your program can help with this process. In some cases, purchasing additional insurance may be recommended.

While some international insurance plans provided by programs have mental health coverage, the level and amount can vary by country. For students seeking mental health support while abroad, the Office of Study Abroad recommends enrolling in our optional CISI international insurance plan. CISI partners with SINEWS who offers virtual mental health counseling to students abroad, along with other providers. Please contact the Office of Study Abroad at abroad@brandeis.edu for more information.

Below are some commonly asked questions by students and responses from the Brandeis Counseling Center (BCC).