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Parent Resources

A parent’s role in study abroad is an important one. You are in a unique position to empower and encourage your student to embark on what may be one of the most impactful experiences of their college years. Benefits abound! Students who have studied abroad report increased self-confidence and independence and gain respect and empathy for cultural difference. They develop the ability to communicate cross-culturally, think critically, and negotiate unfamiliar environments – all skills that employers seek!

Planning and implementation of a study abroad experience can take up to a year and requires research, goal-setting, and attention to detail. Let your student know that you are there for support, but encourage them to take the lead. Owning the process from start to finish is an accomplishment.  Seeing a large project, such as study abroad, through to completion is yet another marketable skill that can be promoted to future employers.

Understand that, at times, study abroad will be challenging - but to an extent the most growth can happen when students test their comfort zones. Most students experience some form of culture shock once arriving in their host country. Initial feelings of excitement can be tempered by home-sickness, stress, and frustration as the “newness” of the experience wears off. Become familiar with the stages of culture shock so you can help your student work through the hard times and re-focus on taking advantage of the opportunities at hand.

A Parent's Guide to Study Abroad Resource on Institute of International EducationThis page will help orient you to the process of studying abroad at Miami. In addition to reading the resources provided on this page and on student-focused pages, we encourage you to download a free copy of A Parent Guide to Study Abroad, published by the Institute for International Education (IIE) and the American Institute of Foreign Studies (AIFS). Written by international education experts, this book can provide additional suggestions and guidance for supporting your child before, during, and after their study abroad experience. 

Text: Generation Study AbroadThis resource is made available through Miami's membership in the IIE Generation Study Abroad initiative. 

 

>> Steps to Studying Abroad
>> Ask the Right Questions
>> Study Abroad Advising
>> Program Types
>> Important information for Accepted Students
>> FERPA
>> Communication
>> Registration, Course Credit, and Payment Overview
>> Financing
>> Student Resources
>> Health and Safety
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Study Abroad Advising

Study abroad advising meetings focus on student goals for their study abroad experience, and discuss the steps and considerations to ensure the program they select is the best one for them. We take a student-centered approach, but do ask that students take intiative with the program research and ownership of the program application process. Admittedly, there will be a lot of work for the student to do - but it is worth it!

We encourage students to consider

  1. Academic goals. What academic requirements do you want to fulfill while abroad? Some programs may be a better fit for specific majors or minors. Miami Plan credit, including the Global Perspectives and Intercultural  requirements, capstones and thematic sequences may also be earned abroad.
  2. Career goals. A purposeful study abroad program can help students to develop professionally by providing exposure or experience in a specific field. Additionally, many soft skills employers value, such as intercultural communication skills, can be gained abroad.
  3. Personal goals, interests and needs. Do you want to be with a group of Miami students, or not? Do you want to take courses with local students, or live with a host family? Are you interested in getting to know a single location well, or visiting multiple locations for a short period of time?
  4. Financial needs. Programs can vary in cost based on location, inclusion, and the organization offering the program. Federal financial aid can apply to all credit-bearing study abroad programs, but Miami scholarships only apply in some circumstances. It is also easiest to apply aid for semester programs; off terms like summer and winter offer fewer aid opportunities.
  5. Challenge yourself! The most growth can happen when comfort zones are challenged.

 

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Program Types

 
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FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records, both financial and academic. Study Abroad/Away falls under FERPA protection. Global Initiatives, MUDEC, and the Study Abroad office cannot share student-specific study abroad information with parents, guardians or others without the student’s permission as expressed by the signed FERPA release. This can include information about a student's participation in a study abroad program, the location/itinerary for the program, payment information, remaining application requirements, and academic (including credit and grades).
More information about FERPA, and instructions for students to grant a FERPA release can be found at: MiamiOH.edu/onestop/your-money/bill-payment/share-access/index.html.

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Communication 

Primary communication regarding study abroad policies and procedures, including financial aid eligibility, admissions decisions, payment amounts and due dates, academic credit processes, etc., is with the student studying abroad. It is our expectation that students effectively communicate with their parents or guardians regarding their study abroad plans and requirements. The most successful and effective learning takes place when students take responsibility for their study abroad experience. The Study Abroad office may also be limited in the information that can be provide regarding a specific student due to FERPA regulations.

Studying abroad requires commitment and support from families. To facilitate this:

  • General information is posted on public resource pages on the study abroad website.
  • Program-specific information, including costs, are outlined on program ‘brochure’ pages.
  • A student can opt to add a CC: email address via the Miami study abroad application system so that application reminders are forwarded to a designated recipient, such as a parent or guardian. 

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Registration, Course Credit and Payment Overview

Study abroad and away programs typically include academic credit, and there is a cost for participation (covering tuition and other program expenses such as housing). Once students are accepted to a study abroad program, they will be eventually need to complete course registration and payment steps. However, registration and payment processes differ depending on the type of program your student is participating in. (Note: Miami does offer some non-credit programs wherein students can participate in an educational travel experience, but not pay for earn course credit. Non-credit programs are indicated as such on the program website.)

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