Academic Programs Abroad

Info For Parents

Your son or daughter may approach you with an interest in studying abroad, and you play a very important role in encouraging this opportunity.  This page has been prepared to assist in addressing some of the typical and important questions that have been brought to the attention of our office by many parents.

You may want to purchase a guide written especially for parents, Study Abroad: A Parent’s Guide is a resource published by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. You can order it through www.nafsa.org/

Parents are also encouraged to contact Janis Halpern to set up an appointment or even to talk by phone regarding any questions or concerns that you may have.

Read written testimonials from study abroad alumni parents.

BENEFITS OF STUDY ABROAD: 

Study abroad can help your son or daughter bring focus to a career search and even give him/her an edge when looking for a job after graduation. Research has shown that students who have studied abroad become more self-reliant, self-directed and self-confident. This especially comes across when they are interviewed for a job.

Take a look at the comments by Indiana State University students who have studied abroad to learn just how study abroad has impacted their studies. I encourage your son or daughter to also meet with students who have studied abroad.

FINANCES:

Indiana State University offers exchange programs with costs equal to Indiana State University tuition, fees, room and board. Financial aid and ISU-based scholarships can be used for ISU-sponsored programs, and additional scholarships are available.

The budget sheet (PDF) will make it easier to compare costs and help to make sure that the program can be financed. EARLY PLANNING is the key to success!

EARNING CREDITS/GRADUATING ON TIME:

Credits earned while abroad will apply to your student’s degree program at Indiana State University. Students are required to meet with their academic advisor PRIOR to departure to assess how the credits will transfer. Early planning makes it possible for a perfect academic fit and an assured on-time graduation.  Students are encouraged to visit the study abroad office during their freshman year.

SAFETY/HEALTH :

We are deeply concerned with health and safety.  Parents frequently ask will my child be safe? The answer is that we are very careful about the sites we offer, and we maintain constant contact with all of our overseas directors. The detailed information provided by our overseas hosts and the pre-departure orientation provided by ISU staff enable students to be fully aware and conscious of his/her surroundings.

It is natural to have concerns about safety. It is important to remember that just as a student’s everyday decisions cannot be monitored while at ISU, they also cannot be monitored while abroad. The best advice is the same advice given no matter where students go...use common sense.

We also recommend that students register with the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in their host country. To find out more about a country that your child is considering go to http://state.gov/travel .

Does my child need immunizations?

Immunizations depend on where your son or daughter is going. Check the website for the Center for Disease Control www.cdc.gov/ and World Health organization http://www.who.int/countries/en/

What if my child becomes ill while abroad?

Health information is provided by all on-site coordinators so students know what to do in case of an emergency. For most programs health insurance is included, and where it is not, you may want to check your insurance to make sure it covers your child while abroad. Information regarding additional insurance can be obtained from www.cmi-insurance.com/Note that it is typical to pay out of pocket and be reimbursed.

PASSPORT/VISA/TRAVEL:

A passport http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html is necessary for international study, and depending on where your child chooses to study, a visa may also be necessary. Information regarding obtaining a visa is provided in the packet of information your student receives and is also available by checking the consulate/embassy site of the country where your child will study.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SEVERAL COPIES OF THE PICTURE PAGE OF THE PASSPORT. KEEP A COPY AT HOME AND YOUR CHILD SHOULD CARRY ONE SEPARATE FROM THE PASSPORT ITSELF.

Students book their own flights and discount fares can be found at: www.studentuniverse.com or www.statravel.com

Parents are encouraged to attend the pre-departure orientation held at the end of the semester prior to study abroad.