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Recommendations to Families

In Study Abroad as in other settings, parents, guardians, and families can play an important role in the health and safety of participants by helping them make decisions and by influencing their behavior overseas.

When appropriate, parents/guardians/families should:

  1. Through their student participants, obtain and carefully evaluate health and safety information related to the program, as provided by Overseas Study and other sources.
  2. Be involved in the decision of the participant to enroll in a particular program.
  3. Engage the participant in a thorough discussion of safety and behavior issues, insurance needs, and emergency procedures related to living abroad.
  4. Be responsive to requests from Overseas Study for information regarding the participant.
  5. Keep in touch with the participant.
  6. Be aware that some information may most appropriately be provided by the participant rather than the program.

These guidelines were adapted from the NAFSA Interorganizational Task Force on Safety and Responsibility (May 2002), as approved by Indiana University's Overseas Study Advisory Council.

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Our daily lives are so different from people across the globe. To learn about how other people live their lives, it makes you think about how you want to live your life. It’s character building.”

-Maggie Brinley, IU Overseas Study Participant, Spain