Top Ten Study Abroad Tips for Parents
- RESEARCH the country and host school your student wishes to attend. Links to all schools
can be found on our Sister School page.
- VISIT THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE. Your student will meet with the Study Abroad Coordinator
to obtain a consortium form which outlines the budget including tuition, fees, books,
housing, meals and airfare. Additional expenses may include passport, visa, housing
deposits and personal expenses. After obtaining a consortium form, students should
meet with the financial aid office to determine what is applicable towards their semester
- MEET WITH THE STUDY ABROAD COORDINATOR. Appointments available during lunch and after
5 with advance notice. You can schedule an appointment by e-mail or phone, 210-805-5709.
- ATTEND THE PRE-DEPARTURE SESSION. The Pre-departure session includes information regarding
registration, money, health, safety, culture shock, etc. Pre-departure sessions are
held twice a semester for departing students and their parents. Students studying
abroad in the summer and fall should attend the session in April and students studying
in the spring should attend the November session. Contact the study abroad office
for dates and times.
- CONTACT YOUR BANK AND/OR CREDIT CARD COMPANY. Notify your bank and/or credit card
company that your student will be abroad. If your bank has not been notified and they
notice international charges, they may freeze the account for your safety. You should
also ask your bank about fees that your student will incur for withdrawing money abroad
and/or using his/her credit card. These fees vary from bank to bank. Some banks may
have sister banks abroad that you can use without a fee.
- ASK YOUR CURRENT CELL PHONE PROVIDER what options are available. Some cell phone providers
may offer international plans, however in many cases students choose to turn off their
data and use their smart phones in locations where Wi-Fi is available.
- BECOME FAMILIAR WITH SKYPE and communication apps. Many families rely on Skype to
communicate with their student abroad. If you have a smart phone there are also apps
(WhatsApp, FaceTime, etc) available that will allow you to text or video chat with
- CONSIDER SOCIAL MEDIA. Facebook and similar social media sites allow families to follow
their students' adventures abroad, seeing the places they are visiting, their photos
and in some cases even chatting with them. With the increasing availability of Wi-Fi
in many locations, social media has allowed families a way to maintain contact.
- HAVE YOUR STUDENT REGISTER WITH STEP. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to
enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
- OBTAIN A PASSPORT. In case of an emergency it is recommended that a parent/ guardian
have a passport. Visit the U.S. Department of State website for details.