When going to a new country to study, many international students are faced with an unfamiliar social and educational culture. Consequently, the adjustment issues along with other common life stressors may create challenges which may build into crises.
We know that sometimes it can feel overwhelming to try to find the right place for support, so we have gathered some important ones for you here. This is a list of some resources we often share with students and it is not an exhaustive list of all that OSU offers. For more information, contact us at the Office of International Services.
There are specific resources available for students in INTO OSU programs, such as the Student Care & Conduct Coordinator and Language and Culture Advisors. Visit the International Living-Learning Center Welcome Desk for more details.
The Graduate Student Success Center is a unique space in the historic Memorial Union with reservable conference and lounge rooms, presentation and brainstorming tools and places to relax — like couches and a massage chair. A graduate research assistant collaborates with other graduate students to offer programming that supports student success, academic progress, professional development and interdisciplinary dialogues.
The Academic Success Center supports all students as they practice skills and habits for academic success, learn with and from peers, and reflect on ongoing academic development. Find study strategies, tutoring support, and study tables and groups at their office in Waldo Hall.
In the US, speaking with a licensed mental health counselor is common and can be helpful for students who are feeling overwhelmed by a crisis or emergency. Visit Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on the 5th floor of Snell Hall or call 541-737-2131. CAPS provides 24/7 assistance: use option 1 during non-business hours.
Through the Anytime Anywhere program, students now have access to free and confidential mental health and wellness counseling at any time of day, from anywhere in the world, 365 days a year.
Students can connect with counselors in real time by calling or using the chat function. Help is available 24/7 in five languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish and French. Additional language support is available by request. The app is ADA compliant and TTY accessible.
The Mind Spa is a peaceful space where you can think, pray, or relax. Use the massage chairs, meditation corner, and other relaxation resources for free. Located on the 5th floor of Snell Hall.
OSU has created spaces for multi-faith use, prayer, and relaxation.
In cooperation with the Office of the Dean of Students, this association of religious, spiritual, and philosophical advisors from various faith traditions and expressions seek to encourage and cultivate spiritual exploration, discovery, and development by connecting students with religious, spiritual, and philosophical clubs or organizations on campus and in the community that align with their desired path.
The Family Resource Center advocates for and provides quality programming and services to all OSU families with dependent care needs to support the academic, professional and personal growth and success of the whole person. The Family Resource Center also oversees the International Mom's Group which aims to educate, empower, and encourage international mothers on their parenting journey.
Global Diversity Initiatives includes teams organized to support, enhance, connect, develop, and contribute to the international student experience. Ask about them in the Student Experience Center.
There are 400+ Student Organizations at OSU. Join an organization and find other students with similar interests or backgrounds. These groups may be able to help you feel more connected to your home culture and/or direct you to other campus resources. Use the website search tool to find a place that’s right for you.
The Office of International Services offers many opportunities for engaging with the OSU and Corvallis communities, including the Global Buddies Program (GBP), International Cultural Service Program (ICSP), and International Friendship Program (IFP). These programs are a great way to build community with other international students, globally-minded peers, and community members here to support and inspire each other in Corvallis.
A part of Diversity and Cultural Engagement, OSU Cultural Resource Centers (CRCs) are committed to the overall development of under-served students. You can enhance your learning, academic success, cross-cultural fluency, and self-efficacy by participating in programs that support social equality, community engagement, and global membership.
The Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC) is a place where people of all cultures can come together in a "living room for learning," where all people can be teachers and learners and where sharing cultures and expanding literacies enables everyone to take part in the community.
Crossroads International is a group of volunteers from the community who help enrich the experience of international students and build a bridge between people in our community and international students, scholars, visiting faculty, and their families.
Stay Healthy at OSU! Student Health Services has locations in Plageman Building, Tebeau Residence Hall, and Dixon Recreation Center. Reach them by phone at 541-737-9355.
You can access Recreational Sports at OSU for free during each Fall, Winter, and Spring term. This not only allows you access to two exercise centers, but also provides opportunities to join fitness classes, intramural and club level sports teams, and adventure leadership classes and trips. Find out more at Dixon Recreation Center.
The Basic Needs Center provides direct service, outreach, education, and referral services to Oregon State University students focused on alleviating the effects of hunger, poverty, and other basic human needs so that students can pursue a quality education.
CAPE operates through a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to provide a continuum of programs and services designed to prevent interpersonal and gender-based violence and to support survivors.
Contact International Student Advisors about Reduced Course Loads, Taking a Leave of Absence, Employment, Financial Assistance Opportunities, and other matters. Visit us in University Plaza Suite 130 or make an appointment.
Student Legal Services can advise current OSU students on a range of legal matters including immigration concerns. This service is offered at no cost by ASOSU.
In addition to ASOSU Student Legal Services, you may wish to use the following resources to find an immigration attorney for legal advice:
OSU has developed the Financial Readiness & Success program to support your academic goals and financial well-being.
Securing housing is a primary concern for anyone coming to a new place. You can learn about tenant resources, descriptions of common types of housing, and housing options near the OSU Corvallis campus.
The Office of Advocacy has been supporting students with university related matters for over 20 years. Formally-trained peer advocates can help with peer-based support, and full-time staff can provide additional support with navigating university policies. They help also students learn about the Student Bill of Rights.
OSU created an interactive map of the OSU campus to show the locations of water bottle filling stations, family resources (including lactation rooms), and gender-inclusive restrooms on campus