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To help you assist your son or daughter engage in this important experience, we offer some answers to many of the questions most frequently asked by parents.

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Gaining international experience is not only an essential component of educational and professional development, it is also one of the most rewarding personal experiences in a person’s life. You can aid greatly in your child’s ability to maximize the study abroad experience at each step along the way.

We invite you to review thoroughly all of the information available on this website, in order to understand the selection and preparation experience. To help you assist your son or daughter engage in this important experience, we offer some answers to many of the questions most frequently asked by parents.

How does the process of choosing the right study abroad program begin?

  • The first step is understanding that the most rewarding study abroad experiences start with a self-managed research process.
  • Your son/daughter has a wide variety of program offerings to choose from, and s/he must determine what type of program best suits his/her academic program and personality.
  • Encourage your student to seek the answers to questions on his/her own.
  • If you do too much of the legwork up front, your son/daughter will not be able to take full ownership of the final program choice.
  • If you have questions, ask them first of your student, so that s/he may benefit from seeking out the answers for both of you.

How do students apply to study abroad?

When does my student find out whether he/she is admitted?

Once a program has been selected, our electronic application system will point the way in completing the application process. Please note that some programs are wholly owned and operated by our office. We can make admissions decisions with two weeks of receipt of the completed application. Others are offered in partnership with study abroad organizations and/or Indian institutions of higher education.

It is important to understand the parameters for the program for which your student has applied, and set expectations accordingly.

While our staff is more than willing to speak with you regarding your concerns, we are limited by the same confidentiality restrictions that apply to students while they are on campus. Therefore, there may be some questions, particularly those of an academic nature, that we will not be able to answer for you.

Pre-departure

What happens after my student is admitted to a study abroad program?

Once your student has been admitted to a study abroad program, the real work begins. The pre-departure preparations are many and detailed. They may include the following:

  • Passport and visa applications, often a lengthy and occasionally frustrating process
  • Housing arrangements
  • Purchasing international transportation
  • Reviewing and purchasing¬†insurance for study abroad
  • Academic arrangements
  • Arranging personal effects/packing
  • Working out a weekly/monthly budget

 

Communication

How do I plan on communicating with my student while s/he is away?

During this phase, you will want to work with your son/daughter to establish a mutual understanding on how you will communicate while your student is away. You need to know what types of communication are readily available and what expenses are involved. Cell phones have actually achieved a greater popularity around the world. In addition, computers and the internet facilities are widely available in most of the destinations.

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What if my student has a problem while they are abroad?

Once your student has departed for his/her long sought after destination, you enter into a new phase of the process. Remember that your student is not on a long vacation for which s/he will receive credit, but is on a longer work assignment overseas. Studying abroad and adjusting to another culture will require a great deal of patience and tenacity from your student, especially in the beginning, when every detail requires adjustment.

It is a common experience for parents to receive communication from a student who is frustrated and upset, and even a bit depressed. This often happens after the initial excitement of arrival wears off and management of daily living begins. It is vital to understand that such negative moments are a natural part of the experience and working through them fosters the growth that is significant your son/daughter’s personal development. With the right kind of communication, you can facilitate your student’s management of his/her experience by inquiring and encouraging problem solving on site.

Will my student be able to travel to other places while studying abroad?

The philosophy is to provide students with cultural immersion in the context of an engaging and rigorous academic program. Maintaining academic rigor on study abroad is essential so that students may receive credit towards their degrees for their study abroad. Students are therefore expected to attend all scheduled classes and program activities. On programs that are custom-designed for study abroad students, such attendance is mandatory as this is a requirement for the awarding of academic credit.

Absences from scheduled classes and required program activities may only be excused in cases of genuine illness, accidents, or emergencies. Students may not arrange to travel independently during times when classes and other required program activities are scheduled. If they choose to do so, they should expect negative consequences which may include but not be limited to reduced /failing grades in the effected classes, disciplinary action, probation, or dismissal from the program.

What if my student says s/he wants to come home?

Although we understand it is a normal impulse of parenting to want to alleviate your son/daughter’s distress by encouraging him/her to come home, this has several negative implications. Literally it can be quite costly, as study abroad tuition and fees are almost never refundable after a student has been on site. Additionally, students may lose credit or receive withdrawals and/or failures for their courses as a result. This may impact the advancement necessary for most scholarship requirements.

The greatest loss, however, will be the loss of confidence your son/daughter will suffer as a result of not accomplishing his/her goals.

What do I do if there is a real emergency?

You will also want to work with your student on how to manage emergency communication. Each student is requested to provide their emergency contact information to our office. You and your son/daughter need to be mutually aware of what has been presented to us on this form. In the event of an emergency, our staff are available 24/7 and you should contact our office at our main number at XXXX (available 24 hours a day)

In addition, every study abroad program has a person or office on site that is responsible for your student’s welfare. Ask your son or daughter to provide you with this contact information.

What should I expect when my student returns home?

When your student returns you may find yourself experiencing him/her as a different person that the one who left a few short months before. Most study abroad students have many stories that they wish to share and to convey what their experiences mean to them. It will help you to reconnect by encouraging your son/daughter to talk about the study abroad experience and help him/her to process it. Some students will experience return as a homecoming, while others will view home as newly strange to them, because they are experiencing the familiar through newly adjusted eyes. Facilitating the reentry process will help your son/daughter integrate the cross-cultural experience into their overall life.