University of Minnesota
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Examples of Issues Students May Want to Discuss with an ISSS Counselor


  • Cross-cultural adjustment
  • Intercultural friendships and dating
  • Family conflicts or pressures
  • Roommate conflicts
  • Personal crisis
  • Visa status problems
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety, stress
  • Excessive alcohol or drug use concerns
  • Financial difficulties that cause academic problems
  • Racial harassment
  • Ethnic harassment
  • Religious harassment
  • Sexual orientation harassment
  • Unwanted sexual advances, harassment, or assault


  • Low or failing grades
  • Time management
  • Lack of motivation
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Conflict with instructor
  • Conflict with academic advisor
  • Conflict with academic department or college

Please note: ISSS advisers are not trained to help students choose courses or plan degree programs, please see your academic adviser for assistance with these matters.


ISSS staff provides advocacy for students and scholars who want to file a grievance, have a grievance filed against them, or have been discriminated against or harassed. ISSS counselors consult and collaborate with other campus offices that provide advocacy as well.


ISSS staff can provide assistance on career-related issues such as choosing a field of study, searching for a job, writing a resume, and preparing for a job interview. For more information, go to Career Support for International Students.