The Global Education Office requires mandatory pre-departure meetings with all of the students who are going abroad. We discuss everything from passports to what kind of outlet adapters they should take. We want students to feel more than prepared for their trip, leaving no questions un-answered. There are some things you can do as a parent as well.
Create A Data File
It's a good idea to get copies of the following items, to be left at home with you. On all documents, make sure all of the names, dates, and information are readable and correct.
Visa (if applicable)
Plane ticket or e-confirmation/Travel itinerary
Credit card with pin number for emergency cash (both sides)
ATM/Debit Card (both sides)
International Student Identification Card (ISIC) (if applicable)
Acceptance letter from host institution
Lodging info/address/phone number
Financial Aid Info
Any information someone would need to do the student's taxes if they're abroad in April
Phone numbers/e-mails of any important contacts overseas
be sure to discuss...
Your student's departure and how you'll contact them once they're abroad. Set a date/time to hear from them within a few days of arrival. Please don't put pressure on your student to call once they land. It's challenging to find a way to call home, plus they will be busy making new friends.
Where your child will stay in case of an emergency (ie: if a plane is delayed)
The difference in time between the US and their host country
Program dates and any travel they plan to do before, during, or after their program.
How to send money in case of an emergency
Appropriate contact people. When in doubt, call Rebecca Parillo, the Director of Global Education, Monday-Friday, 8-5 at 419-289-5870.
Banking. Your student should have notified their bank and credit card company that he/she will be abroad.
It's also a good idea for another family member to have a valid passport in case it becomes necessary to travel overseas in case of an emergency.