Publication Date

2007

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Counselor Education

Abstract

International students face unique challenges in adjusting to a new culture and studying in the United States. These challenges often cause psychological concerns or emotional and interpersonal problems. Despite these challenges foreign students utilize mental health services far less than their American counterparts. A survey was developed and distributed to the international student population enrolled at a mid-sized technical university in the northeast United States. The purpose of this study is to examine the specific needs and issues of international students and to examine the possible barriers to the utilization of counseling centers on University and college campuses in the United States. The study is consistent with previous findings in that international students tended to avoid counseling and other mental health services when they do encounter difficulties.

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