Entering and navigating new cultural and academic environments introduces unique challenges for international students, but a variety of programs and resources are available to support you as you transition and settle into life at Notre Dame.
Whether it is stress, sadness, relationship problems, or academic trials, sharing your concerns with another person can make a positive difference. Now, just imagine that the person you are talking to has experience in dealing with your issue and may know some solutions. Then talking may really help! And that’s what Let’s Talk is all about.
Let’s Talk is brief consultation that is available to all current graduate and undergraduate students at Notre Dame. It is confidential and completely free. Just walk-in during the times listed below because no appointments are necessary! Let’s Talk is a place where you can talk about concerns and receive expert suggestions about solutions and resources or just have someone who listens well and can offer support.
International Student Support Group
International students are invited to join a support group that will help address cultural, career, educational, relational and financial concerns that are unique to international students at Notre Dame. Contact Dr. Weiyang Xie with the UCC at 631-7336 or firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Look for invitations at the beginning of each semester for lunch/dinner with Notre Dame International administration to share about their experiences and connect with other international students. Through the semester, we also host themed lunches and dinners to cover topics like cultural adjustment, home, and health insurance.
No Place Like Home
Though we often celebrate our "Home Under the Dome," we also want to celebrate the many "homes" we have left. Notre Dame's community comes from more than 130 countries, representing hundreds of cities and thousands of traditions, and we have each brought a bit of home with us to the Dome. We hope you'll join us in sharing more about your home (or homes!), so we come to know one another better. Sign up to attend posted in ISSA Updates email. If interested in presenting, sign up here.
The You Curve: Conversations about Cultural Adjustment
The adventure of moving between cultures invites us to ask new questions and explore new ways of seeing the world, but the change can also cause discomfort and require us to adjust in unexpected or unwelcome ways. We talk with a UCC psychologist and/or a student panel about The U-Curve of Cultural Adaptation that we all experience in a new culture. Dinner will be served. Sign up available in ISSA Updates email.
Dinner with International Ambassadors
In October, first year undergraduate students will be invited to dinner with their International Student Orientation groups as an opportunity to reconnect and share about their first few months at Notre Dame. Students can share concerns and resources with one another.
McDonald Center for Student Well-being
The McDonald Center for Student Well-Being strategically assesses the environment and creates structures for wellness enhancement and risk reduction. Using evidence-based practices and collaborating with a range of campus partners, we work collectively to provide initiatives, services, and resources that support the eight dimensions of well-being. Find more information about their many resources here.
Care and Wellness Consultants
Care and Wellness Consultants care about the health and well-being of Notre Dame students and coordinate to provide support to students who are experiencing stressful or difficult situations. There is no concern or problem too small or insignificant. To find help overcoming barriers, navigating the University system, and getting connected to resources, find more information here.