How You Can Help Before, During and After
- Before your son or daughter leaves on their study abroad program it is good idea to obtain copies of the important documents named below to be left at home. If these items are lost or stolen, it will be much easier to replace them if there is proof of each one. It is also advised to ensure all words and numbers are readable.
Credit and Bankcards
International Students Identity Card
International Insurance Card
Host school acceptance letter
- Make a plan of how you are going to keep in contact with your child. Set a time after arrival when communication should be made. Keep in mind that students may not have access to internet or a cell phone for several days upon arrival while they are getting settled in the new country. Be sure you know the country dialing prefix if you plan to call your child.
- Educate yourself with the differences between the USA and their host country. This should include time, currency and season differences etc. You will be able to better relate to your child while they are abroad if you are aware of these things.
- Create a plan of the best way to send money if an emergency comes up. It is also a good idea to be informed about who and how to contact someone in the host country if you need to get in touch with your student in the case of an urgent situation.
- It will be important to ensure that your child's bank is aware of where they will be traveling so that they do not become suspicious of fraud or theft. It may also be wise to have the name of someone staying in the United States on each account, one who would be able to make authorized changes, in case any issues arise that need to be solved in country.
- It may also be in their best interest to have a family member with a valid passport in the event that it becomes necessary to travel overseas in an emergency.
- Also, make yourself aware of any travel plans before and after your student's official program.
- Be aware of the expected cultural adjustment your child will be experiencing while they are abroad and when they return.