North Central College - Naperville, IL

Supporting Your Son/Daughter

 

Suggestions on Supporting

Your Son or Daughter: 

Before, During and After Study Abroad

 

Before and During Study Abroad

• Maintain communication with reasonable frequency but not on a daily basis.

• Keep the program calendar in mind — if you haven't heard from your son or daughter, it may be because he or she is on a program excursion or traveling during a break.

• Review information (above) on culture shock, so that you can help provide support if your son or daughter struggles with the cultural transition.

• Encourage your son or daughter to refer to the Study Abroad Handbook for similar resources or practical information required for participation or return to GW.

• Stay in touch with the program sponsor concerning security precautions and conditions abroad.

• Monitor online information and advisories from the Bureau of Consular Affairs.

• Contact the Office of International Programs should you or your son or daughter need assistance with any aspect of the program abroad or matters on campus.

• Keep a journal of events and celebrations that occur during the semester or year to share with your son or daughter when he or she returns home.

• Consider a visit during the program break (but please not while classes are in session).

 

After Study Abroad

• Expect your son or daughter to have a period of transition upon return, sometimes as long as the period he or she was abroad.

• Review the information about “reverse culture shock” (above).

• Continue your enthusiasm for your son or daughter's experience in the months after he or she returns home — show interest in the photos, stories, and memories to help keep the experience, and the reflection and learning, alive.

• Encourage your son or daughter to participate in the Office of International Programs’ returnees’ retreat and conference for support and resources upon returning to campus.

• Encourage your son or daughter to resolve any remaining course approvals to prevent delay in the transfer of credit.

• Don't open transcripts received from abroad — these may have been inadvertently sent to your son or daughter rather than to the Office of International Programs: check with your son or daughter first to determine if he or she requested a copy.

• Forward any program-related materials to your son or daughter for processing on campus.

• Contact the Office of International Programs, should you or your son or daughter need assistance with the return to campus.

 

 

 

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