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If your student is considering study abroad, you probably have a lot of questions. We appreciate your interest in your student's decision to take part in the educational opportunity of a lifetime and we are happy to assist you at any time! This page is specifically designed to give you helpful advice on how you might be able to assist your student through the entire process from choosing a program to your student's return home.
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:
You may want to 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?
Be informed about the program and review program orientation materials given to your students. Your student may need additional assistance in determining everything from how to pay for their program and what to pack.
Students may need visas, vaccinations, special documents 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. Should you choose to visit your student while he or she is abroad, you'll certainly need one! If, on the other hand, you have to visit your student in case of an emergency, you don't want to find yourself stuck in the United States because you don't have a passport. If you live in the Phoenix metropolitan area, you can apply for a passport at the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance 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 ASU and Resident Directors or contact persons abroad.