Choosing to study away is one of the best decisions a student can make, and we are thrilled your child is preparing for a semester of new experiences, cross-cultural immersion, academic rigor, and significant personal growth.
Please talk with your child about studying abroad. Though we do everything we can to make the study abroad experience educationally and personally rewarding, the single best thing you can do to get your child ready is discuss what it means to be abroad. Things will be–and should be–very different from what we’re used to in the United States. The pasta may be fresher, but the bedrooms might be smaller, the music louder, the internet access less reliable… we could go on. But the net result is that studying abroad opens up a world of opportunity and cultural difference to students. Encourage them to dive headlong into it, of course, but also make sure that they’re prepared for the realities of a different country, with different expectations, attitudes, and customs.
The Parent’s Role in Study Abroad
Parents form an integral part of the study abroad experience by supporting their student’s choice to embark on this academic and life-enriching endeavor. Here are some specific ways to show support and be involved in the process:
- Make sure your student’s visa paperwork is in order. Visa instructions can be found under the “Visa” page within this blog.
- Assist with flight arrangements. If your student would like to ensure that they are on a flight with other study abroad students, we encourage discussions among the admitted students within the private, student only Facebook group specific for their term abroad.
- Develop a plan for handling family emergencies that may arise while your student is abroad.
- Read through the “Deadlines & Requirements” page for your child’s site in its entirety. The page contains a step-by-step list of required actions necessary prior to departure.
Resources for Parents
Please visit NYU Study Away: Info for Parents for materials on how to help students transition to life abroad and plan for appropriate physical and mental health care overseas.
The links below offer helpful information on many topics regarding study away. These materials discuss ways to help students transition to life away and plan for appropriate physical and mental health care away. You’ll notice a common theme–that your child’s safety and well-being are our top priority at all times.
- Financial Aid (from the Office of Financial Aid)
- E-Bill Information and E-Suite FAQs
- Health Information
- HTH Worldwide Coverage
In addition, we highly recommend you subscribe to this blog to stay up to date on all communications shared with the students regarding the pre-departure process.