Studying abroad is an exciting adventure and a major life transition. For many of you, this is the first time away from home. While you are looking forward to all the opportunities that come with living in a foreign country, you may also feel apprehensive of the many things that are unfamiliar to you.
Everything is new
Before you left your country, you may have wished to be more independent from your family, but now you may find yourself left alone too much. You may encounter too many choices, too much freedom, too little direction and guidance.
German values, traditions and habits may be confusing.
You may wonder how to make friends and how to communicate with others; you may feel uncertain about how to spend your free time, especially on the weekends.
Here are some of the problems that students have talked about with our counselors:
- experiencing culture shock
- feeling homesick
- feeling sad or alone
- worrying about disappointing your parents
- problems with your parents
- difficulties with a friend, or your boy/girl friend
- self-doubt or anxiety
- psychosomatic problems
- being afraid of an oral or written exam
- problems related to studying; work blocks
Support and guidance
Maybe you are at a loss for helpful strategies to deal with the difficulties you are experiencing. As a result, you may feel left alone with your problems.
Come to the counseling centre for help. Our counselors (psychologists) will work with you to get a clearer picture of your situation and will assist you in finding new ways to deal with your problems.
Maybe you think that one must have a serious mental problem to consult a counselor. But for students in Germany, it is quite common to consult the student counseling services.
Discussing your personal issues with a counselor can be very helpful, and it reveals strength and courage rather than weakness. It is a way to take care of yourself and to prevent physical and mental health problems.
Counseling is confidential and free for students. The conversations are usually conducted in German. If counseling in English is needed, we will put you in contact with English speaking counselors.
Workshops and courses
We also organise workshops and courses for students. Here you can learn how to deal with issues such as work blocks and problems related to studying, exam nerves, or the fear of talking in front of groups (presentation anxiety).
Further information about our workshop program can be found at: www.studentenwerk-osnabrueck.de
The courses and workshops are conducted in German.
Initial appointments can be made in person or by phone during our office hours, as well as by e-mail.
Together we will then identify the kind of support that may be helpful to you.
Mondays through Thursdays
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Psychosoziale Beratungsstelle für Studierende der Osnabrücker Hochschulen