It is important to note that there are no English speaking mental
health services in the region around Talloires. We strongly suggest
that you plan ahead before departure and speak with your mental
health professionals to prepare for your time in Talloires
Having a mental health or medical issue is nothing to be ashamed of.
However, you should be sure that you fully understand the
implications of studying in Talloires with your condition. If you
take regular medication you will need to have sufficient medication
for your time in Talloires.
While studying abroad can be an incredible experience, it often
takes time to adjust to a new culture, living arrangements, food,
language and immersion in the unfamiliar. Some students may feel
overwhelmed, others homesick. Some may feel afraid, and others
depressed. Students may just feel out of sorts. Attitudes toward
counseling, or therapy, are different in France and these issues are
not often discussed as openly as they are in the US.
Travel and culture shock can dangerously exacerbate an anxiety or
eating disorder. Eating disorders can be difficult to handle in
France because of the importance placed on food and mealtimes.
Adjusting to different food and having limited food choices when
living with a host family can be extremely stressful. Students need
to be willing to embrace the cultural differences around food in
order to have a successful study-abroad experience.
New York University.