Wellbeing initiatives and resources for international staff and their partners

Thriving and wellbeing

In general, and especially when you move to a new country, being able to thrive and feel good in your new environment is essential. At International Academic Staff Services, we are here to help you and guide you to the resources that you might be looking for to help you thrive and build resilience to new challenges. We can help you with:

  • Finding classes or courses on wellbeing and mindfulness
  • Finding a coach or a mentor
  • Finding a therapist or counsellor (for individuals, couples or family issues)
  • Finding social or cultural activities

You can contact us directly with further questions and for more information.


International Academic Staff Services offers

Cultural awareness workshops

In this series of workshops, you can learn more about Danish Culture, as well as your own, and develop cross-cultural communication strategies. By moving beyond stereotypes and identifying cultural blind spots from all sides, better cross-cultural communication can lead to better common understanding.

Participation in these workshops can ease the transition to a new culture. You can build cross-cultural connections that can contribute to overall well-being in daily life and in the workplace, as well as to long-term satisfaction in Denmark.  See our Cultural Awareness Programme and current offerings.

Mindfulness and wellbeing practice with University International Club

Learn and practice mindfulness and wellbeing strategies through #yourwednesdayboost initiative at UIC. The UIC holds a collaborative weekly series of sessions with the Danish Center for Mindfulness. Here you can acquire tools and strategies that researchers and internationals can use in their work and in their everyday lives to boost resilience and motivation. Read more about the Wednesday afternoon #wellbeingpractice online session and the Wednesday morning physical #trainyourmind session.

Life transition and career counselling with Expat Partner Programme

The Expat Partner Programme provides customised transition and career counselling to partners of AU employees. In addition to personal coaching, the programme provides opportunities to network and to build personal and professional connections. Through its weekly meetings, on-going support and events, the programme provides a strong framework for a new life in Denmark, as the wellbeing of partners and families is integral to overall life satisfaction and to the adjustment to a new country. Read more about our EPP programme.

Aarhus University wide initiatives and services

AU culture and wellbeing

The AU culture and wellbeing initiative supports the Staff policy for Aarhus University – especially the ‘norms for daily working life', and can be used in connection with your own efforts to promote well-being.

Danish Center for Mindfulness

Danish Center for Mindfulness  is part of the Institute of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University.  The center carries out research on stress and stress reduction, runs evidence-based courses in mindfulness and compassion, and is the only institution in Denmark that educates internationally certified mindfulness-teachers. See the latest course offerings for internationals in English.

AU psychological counselling service

If you have issues at work, you can read about Aarhus University’s framework for seeking counselling.

Resources outside of AU

Need help identifying professional counselling in English?

Sometimes a situation requires you to seek professional counselling –either from a certified coach or a professional psychologist.

We can help you identify certified therapists in your area of need that offer counselling in English. Some of them specialize in living abroad / ex-pat issues, whether it be for individuals, couples, families or children. Please reach out to our IAS staff for a list of options.

Danish healthcare system support

In Denmark, you need to see your primary doctor first, who will then give you a referral to visit a therapist.

Ongoing counselling from a professional resource can be quite expensive. However, there are situations when you can have your sessions covered through the Danish healthcare system.

Check with your primary doctor and visit Life in Denmark for further information.

Lisa Topelmann-Weder

International staff and mobility advisor