Mental Health-Study Abroad - Carnegie Mellon University

Mental Health

As wonderful as study abroad is, it is also stressful. Learning a new language, navigating foreign streets, and meeting new people are all exciting experiences, but they require intense physical and mental energy. Coupled with jetlag and loneliness, it can prove overwhelming. In short, studying abroad is not a way to escape problems. All students should have strategies for taking care of themselves while abroad. Keep a journal, exercise, or take up a new hobby. The methods used by students at home for reducing stress are also excellent choices for reducing stress abroad.

Students who have mental health concerns should consult a therapist/counselor before going abroad and have a plan for staying healthy while abroad. Students should inform their study abroad program of any special needs or requirements and find out what services will be available to them while they are abroad. The study abroad program will be able to help the student find a counselor or therapist while abroad, if needed. Carnegie Mellon’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will do telephone consultations with students studying abroad.