Resources for Parents
Studying abroad can be a time of challenges, intense learning and personal growth. For many years, participants may continue to reevaluate ideas and events in the context of the broader cultural perspectives they acquired abroad. In addition, you may find yourself changing and learning in response to the changes experienced by your student. This can be a significant time in both your lives in which you can play an important role.
Study Abroad Online Workshop for Parents
This is a wonderful resource for parents and family members to learn about study abroad. Watch discussions and presentations about how to encourage students to incorporate a learning abroad experience into their undergraduate degree plans. Topics of concerns to parents, such as health and safety abroad, financing study abroad and the impact of international experiences on future careers, are covered in depth.
Recuros para Los Padres
A general web-based resource for parents of University of Minnesota students, includes links to the following Parent Newsletter articles:
- "Before They Go Abroad.” James McCommons. Better Homes and Gardens magazine, August 2006
- NAFSA’s What Parents Need to Know! Before, During and After Education Abroad
- Communicating with Strangers: An Introduction to Intercultural Communication. William B. Gudykunst and Young Yun Kim
- American-Cultural Patterns: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Edward C. Stewart and Milton J. Bennett (especially chapters 4 and 5)
- Survival Kit for Overseas Living. Robert Kohls
- Trans-Cultural Study Guide. Grey Bryan, Ken Darrow, Dan Morrow, Brad Palmquist
- Surviving Re-entry: A Readjustment Manual for Parents
- Resources for Parents from diversityabroad.com
Learning Abroad Center
Other University of Minnesota Resources
Registrar, financial aid, student billing, etc.
- Information and forms related to financial aid
- Information and forms related to the education tax credit
- Office of Admissions for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities
- University of Minnesota policies pertaining to student conduct
- The University of Minnesota’s 13 credit policy
- Office of Multicultural Affairs
- Disability Services Office
- Program for Sexual Violence
Governmental ResourcesThe US Department of State has extensive travel resources on their website.
Health & Insurance
- International Society of Travel Medicine
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Cultural Insurance Services International
- Safety issues abroad
- A resource of websites and publications related to study, work and travel abroad, including information on safety issues abroad
- Voting procedures while abroad
See also other newspaper websites from around the world to gain other (non-US) perspectives on particular issues or incidents.