Parents are understandably concerned about the safety and security of their children, wherever they may be, but the prospect of
a daughter or son being thousands of miles away in a foreign land may foster new levels of apprehension, leading to questions such as the following.
To help you participate in your son's or daughter's exploration and experience, we offer the following suggestions.
- Is traveling and living in another country inherently more dangerous than staying home?
- Is the selected university/ college/ school is the right choice for your children?
- What can and should parents be able to expect in way of assurances about safety and security?
- How can parents help to minimize risks and maximize the safety and security of their children?
Before They Go
When your children has selected a specific school/ college/ university, be sure you receive, review, and understand the following information:
- Values and Goals - help your son/ daughter identify and clarify values and goals for studying abroad in the process to guide exploration.
- Options - understand the options available.
- Models - be familiar with the various types of programs and what they are designed to facilitate or promote.
- Fit - determine how well individual programs, services, and environments fit your children's academic needs, personal goals, linguistic preparation, expectations, and interests.
- Informed Choice - consider how study abroad in a less-traditional destination might fulfill your children's academic, cultural, linguistic, personal, and professional goals more effectively.
- Advantages and Disadvantages - help your children weigh the likely advantages of study abroad in a particular program or destination against any perceived disadvantages as common perceptions of these are often a product of stereotypes or negative generalizations.
- Participation Requirements - understand the requirements your children must meet to participate, including academic performance, social standing, and behavioral expectations.
- Costs, Financial Assistance, and Scholarships - assess program costs and what they cover; anticipated personal expenses associated with participation; and the availability and process for financial assistance and scholarships.
- Volatility - understand that study abroad involves risk and volatility regardless of where your children studies, though some destinations may be more likely to present specific types of risk such as health precautions, strikes, political turmoil, natural disasters, or crime - gather information about such concerns and evaluate them carefully.
While They're Abroad
- Program Structure - type, location, duration, size, facilities available.
- Academic Credit - how earned, courses available, how applied to degree
- Living Arrangements - homestay, residence, independent living, and other options.
- Orientation - predeparture program on campus and upon arrival in country.
- Safety and Responsibility - security measures, precautions, local conditions, contingency plans, and emergency procedures.
- Health and Wellness Resources - recommended precautions and required immunizations, local medical care, program services and referrals.
- Support Services - academic, social, emotional, health and wellness, and special needs.
- Cost - program fee, what the fee covers, and how to pay.
- Travel Arrangements - how to make them and program dates
In order to get answer of many of your questions more thoroughly, we invite you to explore this web site. For any additional questions
you may contact us directly.
- Maintain communication with reasonable frequency.
- Keep the program calendar in mind — if you haven't heard from your son or daughter, it may be because he or she is on a program excursion or traveling during a break.
- Familiarize yourself with crosscultural resources so you can provide support if your son or daughter struggles with the cultural transition.
- Stay in touch with the program sponsor concerning security precautions and conditions abroad.
- Monitor online information and advisories.
- Keep a journal of events and celebrations that occur during the semester or year to share with your son or daughter when he or she returns home.
- Consider a visit during the program break.