Advice for Parents

If your student is considering study abroad, you probably have a lot of questions.  Please know that we are happy to answer your questions at any time!  This page is specifically designed to give you helpful advice on how to guide your student through the entire process from start to finish. There are a number of steps you can take to help ensure that your student's experience is a positive one.

Please consider the following suggestions:

Pre-Departure Preparation

Research the program and destination that your student is considering to alleviate any concerns. What type of program is it?  Where will my student be living?  How does the program ensure the safety of my student?  Why has my student decided that this is the right program to select? 

Review program orientation materials given to your students.  Your student may need additional assistance in decision making including how to pay for their program and what to pack.  

Students may need vaccinations, visas and other important documents.  Ensure your student has the appropriate documentation well in advance of departure.  

If you don't have a current passport, please consider obtaining one. You can apply for a passport at the UNT Passport Office.

Keep copies of important documents for your student. This includes a copy of the student's passport and visa cover pages, medical prescriptions, credit card numbers, and social security number. Have your student provide you with all relevant contact information in case you need to reach your student in the event of an emergency. Remember to get names and phone numbers of Academic Advisors at UNT and contact persons abroad. 

The UNT Study Abroad Office is required to adhere to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). We recommend that your student file the Consent for Access to Educational Records form on your behalf so we may provide you with information about your student if needed.  Every student is required to indicate an emergency contact with our office.  Encourage your student to make you that emergency contact.

While Your Student is Abroad

Be confident in your student and always keep lines of communication open. You are your student's greatest supporter.

Make sure your student has an easy way to contact you while abroad. Your student should know every possible way to contact you including home phone, work phone, cell phone, fax, email address and so on. In addition, you should have a way to contact your student while abroad. Please be sure to have the Study Abroad Office contact information on hand as well.

Keep track of dates and times you have contact with your student. This makes it easier to locate your student in case of emergency.

Try to remain calm if your student does not call at the designated time. Travelers change their plans often...and usually at the last minute! Have a back-up plan to reach your student.

When Your Student Comes Home

Your student may return home a changed individual. Your student may be more independent and mature and could possibly have difficulties readjusting to life back home.  Help your student connect with resources that can help with the process of adjusting to life back in the United States.