What are the health and support services available in the US?
Here’s a lowdown on the support services available for you!
It can be a little challenging to cope with the changes in your environment when you move to the USA for the first time. With a new set of customs and norms, adjusting into the culture takes some time, and you may need some assistance to absorb it all smoothly. But if you struggle to adjust, or feel alienated or unhealthy, there are a range of support services available to help you out.
In case you get hassled at any point, you can reach out to:
Campus support services
Dedicated to support international students via various orientations and programs. These may include supportive and educational workshops, cultural celebrations and academic support. Sometimes, they also help with student accommodation and employment/internship opportunities.
Student associations on campus
Most universities and colleges have their own student associations, which help international students manage their various activities along with academics. Some universities also have a dedicated international student associations to offer unbiased support to students from another country.
For instance, Kent University, University of Michigan, University of Kentucky, Arizona State University, Purdue University and many more have dedicated Indian students’ organisations to meet, interact and celebrate popular festivals.
Student associations off campus
There are various student associations outside of campus that work for the welfare of national and international students. For instance, the United States Student Association is a national representative body that works for student rights across the country.
Support for students with disabilities
Most universities and institutions offer special support to international students with disabilities, but it is best to communicate the same at the time of application to discuss if any special arrangements need to be made for you.
Make sure you have a health insurance
Remember, most universities and colleges also provide with health insurance facilities to international students. Discuss with your IDP counsellor for the details regarding your health insurance options in the US.
We recommend you to get registered with a local doctor or a medical centre located in your campus on arrival.
In an emergency
If you happen to face any emergency, call the toll free number 911. This is a common number that can be used for fire, police, ambulance or search and rescue.
A great way to come prepared to face various challenges of settling into a new country is by attending one of our pre-departure sessions, which are help free of cost for our students. Just walk into any of your nearest IDP office to know more about the same.