Health and Wellness Services


Counseling is a professional relationship that focuses on personal challenges. The counseling relationship differs from both social friendships and patient-doctor visits. Unlike friends, counselors are able to be objective; they are not involved in your daily lives. Counselors do not give specific advice or tell you what to do. Instead, they serve as skilled listeners who help you to clarify issues, discover your true wishes and feelings, and deal effectively with the challenges you are facing. What kind of challenge or problem is appropriate to discuss with a counselor? Anything that troubles you. Here is a partial list of common student concerns: stress, homesickness, academics, roommates, family, sexuality, identity, alcohol, eating, feelings of depression, and anxiety.

Crisis Intervention

Counselors provide a safety net for students in crisis situations and can perform same-day counseling assessments. The Wellness Exchange hotline (+86-21-2059-9999 or +1-212-443-9999) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hotline counselors will put you in touch with a professional who can help you address day-to-day challenges as well as other health-related concerns. 

Psychiatry Referrals

Psychiatric medication evaluation and management referrals are provided to outside psychiatrists affiliated with local hospitals and covered by your insurance.  

Guided Meditation

Academic stress, relationship tension, and culture shock are only a few challenges you may face. Scheduling time to unwind will ease physical and emotional tension. Come relax and find your inner calm with weekly guided meditation exercises every Tuesday at 12:00 noon.

Tool Kits

Tool kits are part of a workshop series designed to help students develop and practice new skills to enhance personal, academic, and social well-being. Tool kits are offered for stress management and insomnia self-care.

Insomnia: Can't sleep in Shanghai? The nature of insomnia will be discussed and tips and tools for dealing with sleeplessness will be provided, including developing your own insomnia self-care plan.

Stress Management: Stress is part of life. Although you can’t get rid of it completely, you can learn to manage it and develop tools to destress.

All students interested in participating in a tool kit workshop should email for further information and registration.

Relaxation Oasis

The Relaxation Oasis is an online tool that is offered by NYU as part of the University's Mindfulness Initiative. NYU Shanghai emphasizes a nonsectarian approach to mindfulness, drawing on the contemplative practices of a variety of traditions. The practice of mindfulness promotes good health of mind, body, and spirit by helping members of the community cope with the many challenges of academic life and make choices that aid in living life to the fullest. For more information, including links to the Calming Corner, Yoga Room, and Ask the Stresspert, click here.

SOS for Emotion

Tools for Emotional Health: The good news is that we can be active in maintaining and fostering our emotional health in good times and bad through a variety of practical strategies. It may seem like a lot of effort at first, but with time and effort it can be enjoyable and a big confidence booster! Through this website, learn how to improve your coping strategies, change your thought patterns, engage in positive behavior, respond to and care for your emotions, reduce stress, and improve stress tolerance.