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The Office of International Education understands your nervousness when thinking about your child being thousands of miles away. Rest assure, while abroad your child will be in very good hands. IPFW and its partners have a wealth of experience in study abroad programming and we take the safety and security of your child seriously.
Beginning with the pre-departure orientation and continuing overseas with program monitoring by our partner institutions, our study abroad programs provide a thorough support system for all participants. However, you must remember that these students are adults and we expect them to ask responsibly and uphold the University Student Code of Conduct, to carefully read the Study Abroad Handbook, and to sign a General Release Form.
The Office of International Education encourages you to apply for a passport or if you have one, ensure that it is valid. Should an emergency arise, having a passport gives you the freedom to immediately fly overseas. When an emergency develops, the last thing you want is to wait for paperwork or pay exorbitant fees for a passport when your child needs you at his or her side. We also encourage you to speak with your child about his or her overseas experience. Together, review program materials, feel free to attend the pre-departure orientation and secure a copy of the travel itinerary and contact phone numbers before the group leaves.
Nevertheless, majority of study abroad programs allot free time for students to explore their surroundings without staff supervision. Based on the program type and location, this may include, but is not limited to, traveling to another city or outside the country, visiting a historical monument or bar, or going out with individuals he or she has just met. “Please discuss with your child that he or she, not the University, assumes full responsibility for his or her safety and well being during breaks.” However, program staff members are available to assist students as best they can in an emergency situation. In fact all IPFW and affiliated study abroad programs have an emergency response plan in place should one arise.
For more information, resources, and FAQ please visit AllAbroad.us where you can find advice for parents to help their students study abroad. As a special resource just for parents, we encourage you to read the following article entitled "Advice for Parents: Frequently Asked Questions" by William Hoffa. You may also be intersted in A Parent Guide to Study Abroad offers much-needed straight talk on how parents can and should participate in one of the most important decisions of their children’s academic career. This short guide is a must-have for families seeking to better understand the ins and outs of study abroad and how it enhances a student’s path to success in college and beyond.