What is counseling?
Transitions always present challenges that can be both exciting and difficult. This is especially true when one is far from his natural support system. Recognizing these challenges, the team of the Career Counseling Office is willing to assist all international students, who may face difficulties either in their adjustment to the new environment or in their academic and professional development. Some international students have a clear idea of what their concerns are before seeking help; many others simply feel that some things are not going as well as they had hoped. Either way, we are here to help. Meeting with a professional counselor (a counseling psychologist or a career counselor) at Career Counseling Office, allows a person the opportunity to discuss concerns and problems within a safe, confidential and friendly environment. All racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientations, and age differences are fully respected.
Why would I meet with a counselor?
The experience of living away from home and studying in a foreign university can be very stressful. Most students experience difficulties at one time or another while at University. As an international student, you may experience some that are unique or more intense because you have the added pressure of adjusting to a new culture, language, and different academic environment. Here are some examples of what you might like to talk to a counselor about:
- Understanding and adjusting to the Greek culture and way of life
- Separation from family and friends
- Finding time to meet family commitments and obligations
- Dating people from different cultures
- Making new friends
- A difficult life decision
- Cultural differences
- Feeling lonely, isolated or different
- Language difficulties
Academic and Career issues:
- Academic pressures
- Career indecision
- Career ideas
- Postgraduate courses
- Information about specific jobs
- CV and cover letter
- Job search techniques
- Employability skills development
These are just a few of the possible concerns that a counselor could help you with. Please feel free to discuss other concerns when you meet a counselor. Our resources are available to current students and recent graduates.
Counseling is provided individually or in groups.
In individual counseling you can talk to a counselor in a one-to-one private setting on a regular basis. The frequency and length of counseling depends on the problem. Every session lasts 50’.
In group counseling several students meet with the counselor regularly to talk about their concerns and learn from each other. Many of the career issues are addressed also in workshops that are organized by the career counseling office.
e- Counseling: For those that are abroad or that for any other reason cannot access the campus, there is the possibility of e-counseling through Skype. One can call us and book an appointment for an e-session.
Privacy and confidentiality is guaranteed. The counselors will not provide anyone with any information about you (not even that you are/were in counseling); unless it is clear that a person’s life is in danger.
For more information do not hesitate to contact or visit us.
Location: University of Patras (Campus), Building A’- Central Administration Services, Ground floor
Tel.: +30 2610 996678, +30 2610 996653
Fax : +30 2610 996679
Skype name: career_office_upatras