Intercultural Counseling Center
The Intercultural Counseling Center was founded in 2008. The Center's strong connection to the Institute for Intercultural Communication guarantees its high level of professionalism; moreover, it is a privilege for the LMU to be able to draw on its own academic resources.
The Intercultural Counseling Center provides students with support regarding culturally related issues in their academic program that may be challenging to their success or having a negative impact on their general well being. Empirical evidence has shown that international students usually encounter difficulties in the following areas:
- interacting with German students,
- interacting with faculty and staff,
- conduct in office hours,
- participation in class,
- preparing papers and homework,
- preparing and giving presentations,
- grading criteria,
- building friendships and social interaction with German students.
Most international students at German universities experience difficulties in successfully navigating the academic system and establishing contacts. Many, for example, are unused to and unfamiliar with the requirements of independent work, how to interact with faculty and staff, with the need to independently compile their own individual study programs or with grading and evaluation criteria. Furthermore, most only have weak social ties to their German surroundings. These factors are thought to be responsible not only for international students' low, academic performance and high dropout rate but also for a general feeling of discomfort. Since many of these issues have cultural reasons, professional, intercultural counseling is a way to effectively address and manage them.