Support for International Students Impacted by COVID-19

The news surrounding the COVID-19 situation in India and in numerous countries around the world is undoubtedly alarming and worrisome. With great care for the well-being of our international student community and family members overseas, I write to emphasize that the University is here to support you and provide information about resources and programs that may be helpful at this time.

Whether you are in Chicago, the U.S., India or elsewhere, available to you are the following ongoing resources and support offered through Student Counseling, the Office of International Affairs, Spiritual Life, and other campus offices. Please keep in mind support available to you within your school and academic program; including your Dean of Students, academic program support staff, and others who are available should you need any assistance.  

  • International Student Support Space – held every Friday at 9am (CDT), staff from Student Counseling and OIA provide a virtual space for students to gather and build community. Through theme-based discussion, attendees have the opportunity to reflect and share together. The session being held tomorrow, Friday April 30, will be dedicated time for students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis to come together. Register here.
  • Let’s Talk – a program providing easy access to free, informal, and confidential consultations with therapists from UChicago Student Wellness. No appointment is necessary, and if you prefer, you don’t have to provide even your name. 
  • UChicago Student Wellness Events Calendar – UChicago Student Wellness is committed to enhancing the environment and community at UChicago by offering wellness programs, resources, and information. 
  • Spiritual Life at UChicago – offering a variety of virtual programs to provide community connections, and including meditation, yoga, chai/coffee chats, and more. 

I know this is a difficult and challenging time. As this situation continues to evolve, I encourage you to reach out if you need assistance or have ideas on how best the University might further support you.

In the meantime, please take good care of yourselves.


Nick Seamons
Assistant Dean of Students and Director
Office of International Affairs