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For Parents

Study Abroad Parent Guide

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Studying abroad can be one of the most challenging, rewarding and transformative experiences in a student's college career. The Goldring Institute for International Business is dedicated to helping students take advantage of the opportunities that study abroad affords. But deciding to study abroad can feel daunting, both for students and for their families. Study abroad is a big decision. However, for those parents and students who are willing to take on the challenge, the rewards are immense.

Families play an important role in supporting the international experiences of their student. The Goldring Institute for International Business recognizes that many of you provide financial, logistical, and emotional support in order to make study abroad possible. As a result, it is just as important for you to be informed as well. We invite you to utilize this handbook as a resource.

This guide is meant to provide you with information about the study abroad experience. Everything outlined in this guide is available to your student through our info sessions, one-on-one advising, study abroad interviews, pre-departure orientation meetings and re-entry sessions. One of the goals of the Goldring Institute is to foster in our students the independence and responsibility necessary to be successful abroad. Therefore, we consider students to have the primary responsibility for keeping their families informed of their plans and for sharing information related to study abroad. All communication is sent to students as the primary agents in their own experiences abroad. We kindly ask for your assistance in encouraging this independence by appointing your student as the primary contact with the Goldring Institute, but we are also happy to answer your questions and address any concerns you have.

We look forward to working with you and your student before, during and after the time spent on study abroad. We hope you will reference this handbook to assist in your preparations and your adjustment to your student's journey through the study abroad experience.


Mariette Thomas, Associate Director
Study Abroad & International Programs

Mary Hicks, Senior Program Coordinator
Advisor for Asia, Australia and Europe (except Spain)

Tyler Young, Senior Program Coordinator
Advisor for Latin America and Spain


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