Dear parents and families:
Your student is about to embark on a journey of a lifetime, and you probably have questions about the whole process. You may want to know if your child will be safe in another country or if they will be able to adapt to new cultures or customs. Studying abroad helps empower students to become independent global citizens! Whether it's figuring out how to order at a restaurant where the menu is in an unfamiliar language or learning to conserve water and electricity where it might not be so readily available, your student will grow and develop by learning to think independently and resourcefully.
With this in mind, you can empower your student to start their study abroad journey right here at home. Encourage them to start early, and allow them to explore the process on their own. Our staff is here to help, and we will make sure that your student is ready to go abroad! The Study Abroad office has procedures in place to ensure the health and safety of your student while they are abroad, and we do our best to help students receive the best global education experience possible.
It isn’t easy being a parent of a young adult of college age – and it can be tough to draw a neat line between “helicoptering” over the student and giving them 100% independence. Studying abroad raises the stakes, as your adult child maneuvers through the student visa process prior to departure or learns their way around their new neighborhood in Costa Rica. Below are some resources and tips that can help your student make the most out of their experience abroad. With guidance and support from you and from their Study Abroad Coordinator, we can help your student take a proactive approach to handling the program requirements -- and any challenges that may arise -- independently.
UA Study Abroad Staff