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For Parents of Students Abroad


It can be difficult as a parent to watch your child step on board an airplane and fly away for an extended period of time.

Research about the country or counties in which your child will be living. Educate yourself about the culture, the social expectations, and the day-to-day realities of the location. This will help you with context and offer you some insight into what your child is experiencing. 

Read local news or websites online. You can keep up-to-date with the area's news simply by pulling up an online newspaper. Check the local weather. Read local blogs. Many newspapers, magazines, and television stations have English-language versions of their websites. 

Watch the U.S. State Department's website, to be apprised of any possible changes in the health or safety of the country. 

Know your student's program. Learn where they will be when. Be sure you have the phone number and email of a local contact for the program. 

Just in case: Have your own passport ready to go. There have been situations where parents have had to travel to visit a child. Have copies of your child's passport photos, identification page of their passport, and social media passwords. Keep a copy of your child's program itinerary and plane flight itineraries.