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Advice for Parents of Students Studying Abroad

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Congratulations!  Your child is about to embark on the experience of a lifetime!  They will become more independent and self-confident, and gain intercultural skills that will have a significant impact on their future.  Studying abroad is viewed as a very positive experience by employers who hire our graduates.  As a parent, you can rest assured that this is a wise investment in your son’s or daughter’s future.

Some advice from the International Center team –

  • Be supportive but don’t do things for them – yes, we know that it is hard to hold back – but they need to go through the process and take responsibility.  The timeline for this process is included on this website.
  • If you find that your son or daughter needs help, then have them reach out to the International Center staff.
  • If they seem nervous about going abroad, that is natural.  Reassure them.
  • Regarding safety – no one can guarantee a student’s safety whether they are here or abroad.  The same rules apply overseas as here in the U.S. – don’t go out alone; stay with your group; be aware of your surroundings.
  • They need to be aware of the cultural differences.  We hold pre-departure meetings with our students, and they have access to GoinGlobal which has a wealth of information on cultures across the globe.  Encourage them to use this resource.
  • When they return home – expect them to have changed in a positive way.  Some students experience odd feelings when they “re-enter” after studying abroad.  Listen to them – and be open to their changing opinions and views on the world.

Each family of our study abroad students will be sent a brochure entitled “What Parents Need to Know”.  This will provide you with more detailed information on how you can be supportive parents/family during this experience.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to the International Center team.