Before They Go Abroad

The decision about where to study abroad is highly individual, and the TU advising process is designed to help students make the choice that is right for them. One of the key considerations, of course, is how courses will count towards graduating from TU, but this is not the only consideration. We are also concerned with program fit: will your student’s program satisfy his or her goals for being abroad and does it provide the right support for your student to be successful? In the end, it is your student’s choice about where to study abroad, but we want him or her to make an informed choice.

Here is a list of questions that may be useful for you to discuss with your child regarding his or her study abroad plans:

  • What are your goals for going abroad? To learn a second language, study another culture, travel, gain work experience?
  • What programs are available through TU that would satisfy your study abroad goals?
  • How long do you want to go abroad? How will this impact your time to graduation, ability to find a summer job or internship, or compete for major scholarships and fellowships?
  • What additional services do you want from a program? Do you want to study on a program with other Americans or do you want to directly enroll in a foreign university? Are you interested in a program that provides a lot of support services for international students, including organized excursions and activities, or are you more interested in being independent?
  • How confident do you feel in traveling abroad?
  • For students who may need special accommodations: which programs are prepared to provide the necessary medical or academic assistance?
  • How much will a study abroad program cost? How can you apply your financial aid and scholarships?
  • Have you visited the Center for Global Education? Have you talked to a CGE peer advisor? Have you had a meeting with a CGE study abroad advisor? Are you familiar with the process for applying to study abroad? (Click here for information on the advising process.)
  • Are you familiar with any health or safety issues that may be relevant for your study abroad destination? What precautions are you taking?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages (real and perceived) of the various programs you are considering?

 The following are criteria you may use in helping your son or daughter evaluate specific programs:

  • Program Structure - type, location, duration,size, facilities, and staffing
  • Academic Credit - courses available, how applied to degree at TU
  • Living Arrangements - homestay, residence, independent living, and other options
  • Orientation - predeparture program on campus and upon arrival in country
  • Safety and Responsibility - security measures, precautions, local conditions, contingency plans, and emergency procedures
  • Health and Wellness Resources - recommended precautions and required immunizations, local medical care, program services and referrals
  • Support Services - academic, social, emotional, health and wellness, and special needs
  • Cost - program fee, what the fee covers, and how to pay
  • Travel Arrangements - how to make them and program dates
  • Dates – how the programs’ dates relate with the regular TU academic calendar