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Valuable information you need to know

Choosing to study abroad is one of the best decisions a student can make, and we are thrilled your child is preparing for a life of new experiences, cross-cultural immersion, academic rigor, and significant personal growth.

Please talk with your child about study abroad. Though we do everything we can to make the study abroad experience educationally and personally rewarding, the single best thing you can do to get your student ready is discuss what it means to be abroad. Things will be–and should be–very different from what we’re used to in your Present Country. The pasta may be fresher, the bedrooms smaller, the music louder, the internet access less reliable…. we could go on. But the net result is that studying abroad opens up a world of opportunity and cultural difference to students. Encourage them to dive headlong into it, of course, but also make sure that they’re prepared for the realities of a different country, with different expectations, attitudes, and customs.
The Parents Role in Study Abroad.

Parents form an integral part of the study abroad experience by supporting their student’s choice to embark on this academic and life-enriching endeavor. Here are some specific ways to show support and be involved in the process:

  • Make sure your studentss visa paperwork is in order.
  • Assist with flight arrangements.
  • Develop a plan for handling family emergencies that may arise while your student
    is abroad.

One final note:

If you’re planning to ship packages abroad, please pay special attention not only to shipping costs, but also to possible taxes that you son or daughter will have to pay when picking up your care package. These costs vary dramatically and the laws governing them change frequently, so it’s best to ask your shipping carrier of choice for more information.

What Does Fees usually Cover?

A single fee includes all of the following:

  • Application fees
  • Orientation fees (if applicable)
  • University deposit
  • Tuition
  • Accommodation on campus (usually a shared room)
  • Full meal plan
  • Comprehensive accident/health insurance
  • Transfer to campus from closest International Airport
  • Full-term monitoring by Study Group counsellors
  • 24-hour access to toll-free service lines
  • Resolution of problems or emergencies

The only items not included are airfare, personal expenses, books, vacation travel and lodging and food expenses when the University is officially closed.

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