- Temporary ban on being in parks over Valborg 16 april 2021
- Vice-Chancellor's decision extends restrictions regarding COVID-19 13 april 2021
- COVID-19 report, 9 April 09 april 2021
- Uppsala University on Clubhouse 08 april 2021
- Johan Asplund is looking forward to mathematical conversations 06 april 2021
- Increased funding of Erasmus+ for more exchanges 31 mars 2021
- COVID-19 report, 26 March 26 mars 2021
- COVID-19 report, 19 March 19 mars 2021
- Serious situation – rapid spread of infection at the University 12 mars 2021
- COVID-19 report, 5 March 05 mars 2021
- COVID-19-report, 26 February 26 februari 2021
- Digital visit by over 100 high school students 22 februari 2021
- COVID-19-report, 19 February 19 februari 2021
- COVID-19-report, 12 February 12 februari 2021
- “Courses in the humanities provided a great deal of insight” 09 februari 2021
- New Vice-Chancellor's decision for spring 2021 regarding COVID-19 05 februari 2021
- COVID-19-report, 5 February 05 februari 2021
- The Language Workshop will be offering Drop-in tutorials 05 februari 2021
- The Student Health Service is here for students! 03 februari 2021
- Student Health Service with an international focus 01 februari 2021
Student Health Service with an international focus
1 February 2021
Many, especially new students arriving from abroad, are unaware of the support they can obtain free of charge from the Student Health Service in addition to the services offered by the healthcare sector. It may therefore be even more important than normal given the times we live in to take advantage of any opportunity to reach out to new students.
The Student Health Service took part in the international student reception, held digitally on 20 January. The meeting provided information on Student Health Service seminars, lectures, counselling and other advice and there were also two webinars: Sustainable Studies during the Pandemic and Cultural Adjustment and Surviving Winter Blues. The second of these included a small panel discussion with two international students who have lived and studied in Uppsala for a few years.
“During both webinars, but particularly in Cultural Adjustment and Surviving Winter Blues, new students had a chance to ask questions and offer feedback to the student panel. We find that the opportunity to ask questions of experienced international students is always much appreciated,” say Frida O’Kelly and Anna Westergren, counsellors at the Student Health Centre, which is part of the Student Affairs and Academic Registry Division.
For all of us, the pandemic has changed most things in almost every way and reaching students in general with information can be a greater challenge than usual. Making students feel welcome is a major part of orientation, even if this year it will be achieved remotely and digitally.
“Of course, it’s not the same thing as meeting them in person but, at the same time, we are delighted to reach students at all in these times. For us, orientation is a very special occasion when we have the chance to meet and welcome new students.”
The greatest difference compared to a ‘normal’ orientation on campus is the lack of personal contact, seeing all of those expectant students filling the hall and having that feeling of a fresh start and endless possibilities. Given all of the current restrictions, it is perhaps even more important to encourage students to take advantage of the social contexts that are available.
“Student life and the activities of our student nations are a major part of what Uppsala has to offer to international students and we encourage everyone to be as socially active as possible without risking infection. Otherwise, it’s easy to feel lonely and isolated.”
No problem too small
For the Student Health Service, however, the most important information to reach new international students with is the fundamental awareness that support is available, that the Student Health Service is there for them. That said, it is also important that new students feel comfortable getting in touch with the Student Health Service.
“We always encourage them to seek help in good time, rather than wait. No problem is too small to contact us about!”