Parents and Guardians
Imagining your student traveling to a new country in another part of the world is often very emotional. Study Abroad staff help prepare each student for every step of the journey, so you can feel more comfortable with the new globetrotter in your family. Everyone on our staff has traveled and/or lived overseas. We understand that pre-departure anxiety can often seem overwhelming. Our New Student / Parent Brochure is a good resource to help you get started too.
We encourage you to let your student maintain responsibility for his or her experience — from gathering information and reporting back to you, to building a budget and purchasing a flight. Resist getting too involved. These steps, as mundane as they sound, require students to network, think critically, problem-solve and take ownership of their choice to travel abroad. This process helps students acquire the necessary tools to navigate the new and unusual environment they’ll encounter when they step off the airplane. By negotiating the ups and downs of travel, students gain a new level of independence. Study abroad will likely be one of your student’s greatest personal learning experiences.
An overview of the steps and responsibilities your students will face prior to departure are outlined in our Checklist - From Acceptance to General Packing Guidelines. Students are guided through these steps in their on-line study abroad account as well as through communications from Study Abroad Advisors and program leaders.
Feel free to review the Orientation-Retreat Guide for insight into information given to your student around building a budget, traveling safe, and an overview of the typical cross-cultural adjustment cycle.
If you’re considering traveling overseas to visit your student, please be aware that it is our standard policy that guests are not allowed during a program. It is best to meet your student after the program ends so as not to interrupt the learning process. To share in the excitement of your student’s pre-departure preparation, we encourage you to do an Internet search for “What’s Up With Culture?” to learn more about culture shock, reverse culture shock, concepts of culture, and the cultural adjustment process individuals often experience when studying abroad.