Preparing to study abroad can be an exciting time. Below are some tips to help your student navigate through the process. Please use this page and the rest of our website to help support your student.
Students apply for their study abroad program about six-nine months in advance. Program requirements and eligibility vary by program and those details can be found on each program's brochure page
Remind Them to Complete All Items
Your student will have a variety of items, during all phases of the application period, to complete on their UW-Eau Claire Study Abroad Account and/or for their host university/organization. It is important that your student complete everything in a timely manner. They will receive email reminders so please encourage them to check their email.
The CIE holds an initial program meeting shortly after acceptance where students receive academic and budget planning resources. During the semester prior to departure, students are required to attend two additional orientation sessions. These three meetings are only for students
, but you are encouraged to discuss questions you may have with your student prior to the meetings, so they can be sure to get those answered. In addition, throughout the semester leading up to your student's departure, your student will have online orientation items available to them on their UW-Eau Claire Study Abroad Account and they'll receive a weekly email from their peer advisor.
Encourage Student to Take the Lead on Planning
The CIE is a student-centered office. We understand that parents/guardians can play a big role in helping their student prepare for study abroad but all communication we send will go directly to your student. Should you have questions, please use your student as the family representative and direct questions through them. Your student will be the one going abroad so learning to take the lead on their experience now, will better prepare them for when they're abroad. Please encourage your student to take the lead on their planning and reach out to their study abroad coordinator if they have questions.
Make Arrangements for Spending Money On-Site
Your student will be given information on money and budgeting right after acceptance, during orientation and in the Study Abroad Handbook and program guide. It is important that your student have an understanding of where their money is coming from and how they will pay for items. Cost of living could be very different in the location your student is going, so encourage them to do research and plan for this. Most students, when abroad, will access credit cards, ATM cards and cash.
Discuss a Communication Plan
Staying in touch with your student, when they're abroad, is very important, but communication may not be as frequent as you are used to at home. When they first arrive, it may take a day or two for them to figure out WiFi/internet access, or to get the appropriate SIM card for their phone. In addition, students who are in constant contact with friends and family at home may have a more difficult time adjusting to and really immersing themselves in their new environment. Agree upon a reasonable communication plan with your student, and If you plan to use Skype, WhatsApp or other app based communication networks, be sure everyone knows how to use them before your student gets abroad.
Have a Health and Safety Discussion
Your student will receive health and safety information at orientation and on their UW-Eau Claire Study Abroad Account. In addition, we have resources on our website under the Health and Safety section
. All students studying abroad will be enrolled in an international insurance policy that is required by the UW-System. To learn more the insurance, click here.
Visiting your Student
If you are wanting to visit your student, when they are abroad, we encourage you to visit during a confirmed break or after the program. This way, your student can stay engaged in all of their academic responsibilities.
Re-Entry Adjustment Support
Welcoming your student home will be a very exciting time! While it will be great to have them home, your student may have a hard time adjusting, also known as reverse (or re-entry) culture shock. The best way to support your student is to actively listen and encourage them to discuss their experiences abroad and how they are feeling now they are home. Below you will find more information on the re-entry experience.
Resources You Can Review
Our website contains a lot of information that you may find useful to help answer your questions.