Information for Parents and Guardians
Going abroad is a rewarding experience, but one that usually requires some bit of help. Your student will need your support throughout the study abroad process. In this section, you can find some suggestions to consider throughout the selection, planning, travel, and return stages of study abroad. These questions and ideas are valuable regardless of the length of your student's program.
Choosing a Program
When looking at program options with your student, consider what length of program might be more suitable for the student's needs. Does a short-term program's convenience outweigh the additional costs, or is a long-term program's depth of experience preferable?
Your student may have their options limited by the degree program in which they are enrolled at Quinnipiac. Attempting to study abroad might have a delaying effect upon your student's ability to finish their degree on time. Be sure to converse with your student about the consequences of delayed graduation.
Before your student's departure, confirm with the student the method of communication you will use while they are abroad. A majority of students prefer to use video chatting programs such as Skype, as they are less costly than international calls.
Be sure that your student understands that you, though you are a parent, are not his/her first point of contact for questions or concerns regarding their time abroad. The student should direct all issues regarding the details and events of their trip to the relevant affiliate organization or the OMGE.
Prepare yourself for a prolonged period of separation from your student. Your son or daughter will be in great hands, no matter where they go! Let them fly free.
While Studying Abroad
While your student is abroad, allow them the independence that distance grants. The best thing you can do for your student is let them experience autonomous life in another country.
If your student calls with regards to issues they face as part of their trip, accommodation, or education, please make sure that they also contact the relevant bodies in their affiliate organization, host institution, or the OMGE.
Once the student settles in, it is usually easier for you and your student to come to an arrangement regarding a communication schedule. When your student has a grasp on their own schedule, make contact with them and set up a routine for keeping in touch. Always allow for flexibility.
At Quinnipiac, one of our highest goals for study abroad is allowing students the opportunity to carry their experiences with them throughout their life, rather than just leaving them at the airport. When your student returns, engage them about their time abroad. What was it like to live away for so long? Do they feel any different? How do they look at things at home, now that they've had time to look elsewhere? Honor your student's experiences.