FOR PARENTS OF STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD

Studying abroad can be an exciting and life changing experience for your son or daughter and it can be equally as exciting for you as a parent, while also bringing up some question and concerns about studying abroad. Below we have a number of resources to help you understand what your student will need to prepare and some of the aspects of studying and living abroad that they might experience.

International Health Insurance

All participants in UA-sponsored education abroad programs or university-sponsored international travel meeting the eligibility criteria below are required to purchase insurance through the International Center. Additional information can be found here.

Health and Safety Abroad

There are many resources available for you to be healthy and safe while you travel abroad. Be sure to talk to one of our professionals in our office for any concerns or questions. These resources are available through our Additional Resources page 

UA Scholarships, Grants & Loans

Generally speaking, UA scholarships are only applicable to some UA Faculty-Led programs as well as Exchange Programs. Grants and Loans are usually also applicable to these programs. Typically, only grants and loans are applicable to Third-Party Affiliate Programs. Financial Aid options for Direct Enroll vary by location. Students are encouraged to contact the office of student financial aid for consultation once they have been admitted to a study abroad program.

Study Abroad Grants & Scholarships

There are many opportunities for scholarships and grants to help your student study abroad. Check out our Financial Aid page for a list of some of the scholarships available. We also encourage students to search for additional scholarships that may not be included in our list.

Included on our Financial Aid page are scholarship opportunities provided through Third-Party Affiliate Programs. So, if your student is traveling through one of our affiliates, be sure to look into those opportunities. 

Skype

Skype is a program that can be used to talk with your student where ever they have internet access for free. Additionally, at affordable rates, Skype can be used to call cell phones and landlines around the world.

WhatsApp

With WhatsApp, you'll get fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free, available on phones all over the world.

Data charges may apply. Contact your provider for details.

Life abroad for your student will be a new and exciting experience that will offer its own unique challenges, here are some resources to help gain an understanding of what your student might experience during their time abroad.

Adjustments and Culture Shock by StudentsAbroad.com

A Parent Guide to Study Abroad by the Institute of International Education

If your student is enrolled in one of the following third-party affiliate programs we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the parent resources specific to their programs.

FERPA: About educational privacy : The University of Akron

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), higher education institutions are limited in the information they can reveal about students. For additional information on how The University of Akron addresses your student's privacy, please visit our Office of General Counsel's website.