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Parents and families can play a key role in helping a student consider program options, prepare to and then participate in study abroad. 

Study abroad offers students a broader perspective on their studies and on themselves, preparing them for new opportunities and experiences. Returnees from programs tell us: “This was the best experience of my life,” “I have learned a lot about myself and have grown as a person,” and “You learn more by living there than you ever could in a classroom.”

Guidance and Support Services

We can help students to find a program that matches their needs and interests. We encourage them to begin their own research on choosing a program and to visit our office for more personalized guidance.

Once a student is accepted for a program, we provide a network of support services that include academic advising, pre-departure orientation, peer counseling with students who have studied abroad, group flights, and assistance with visas, housing, and health insurance, as well as registration for the semester after study abroad.

High School Study Abroad Opportunities

The IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages offers summer study abroad opportunities to high school honors students in Indiana. Please visit their website for more information.

Planning and Preparation

A variety of general and specific resources are made available to students, including information on living abroad and detailed handbooks.

It is important that you also read them, so that you are as well informed as possible about academic expectations, program costs and fee payments, money and banking, health insurance, and the academic calendar. In addition, we provide articles that are of particular interest to parents.

Health, Safety, and Security

Our first priority is always the health, safety, and security of IU students abroad. We provide extensive information and advice to all students in preparation for their period overseas and we work closely with program administrators abroad on a continuous basis to safeguard the health, safety, and security of participants. We stress to program participants that they must act responsibly in their daily choices and behaviors so as to minimize risks.

In addition, we encourage you to discuss the topics of personal safety and behavior issues with your student, to keep in touch while he or she is abroad, and to be responsive to this office should we request information or advice concerning the student. We draw your attention to the Recommendations to Families.

I want to thank you for providing my daughter, Callie, with such a wonderful experience. She loved all of it. I know these past four months will have an impact on her life for a very long time.

-Blair Garceau, Parent of IU Overseas Study Student, Dominican Republic