Ways to Help Your Student
As a parent or guardian, you may have many questions about how to assist your student in his or her preparations to study abroad. We encourage you to take this opportunity to discover how rewarding studying abroad can be. Your student is about to embark on an experience that will enhance their life academically, professionally, and personally.
Resources for Parents & Guardians
Whether your questions are about scholarships, finances, safety or getting a passport, there are many resources out there to guide you through the process.
We recommend taking a look at the following:
Value of Study Abroad
Today’s graduates need a global mindset and international experience to compete for jobs. Studying abroad equips students with real-life, hands-on skills that no classroom can match, while opening up a world of personal and professional opportunities. Why is study abroad important?
The Gilman Scholarship provides funding to support students to study and intern abroad.
Additional Benefits Include:
- Access to the U.S. Department of State’s International Exchange Alumni community
- Part of the Gilman alumni network of 20,000+ students and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and fields in the U.S. and worldwide
- Professional development, networking, and mentorship opportunities
Health and Safety
Be Informed: research health and safety in the anticipated country of study and discuss these with your student whether it’s their first time abroad or they are seasoned travelers. The following webpages have a great deal of information to help you understand your student’s host country.
- USA Study Abroad’s Travel Health & Safety Info
Provides resources on being informed of health and safety concerns, compiled by the U.S. Department of State in support of next generation of diverse American leaders.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Provides detailed information on your child’s country destination health recommendation tips and detailed information on staying healthy abroad.
- U.S. Department of State International Travel Emergency Resources
Free search engine on finding the nearest Embassy or Consulate, Emergency resources, as well as contact information during an Emergency abroad.
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Know Before You Go
Quick facts that citizens should know before heading out abroad. Includes travel videos of before, during, and after being abroad travel information.
- FBI- Safety and Security for U.S. Students Traveling Abroad
Free two-page pamphlet on safety and security while abroad. This gives a quick rundown of safety precautions student should take with the slogan of “Act Smart. Be Safe”.
For additional information, please see our Resources page.