Parents & Family
Thank you for supporting your student's desire to study abroad! A study abroad experience is closely linked to higher GPA, on-time graduation, and career development as companies seek employees with intercultural communication skills.
Pace offers study abroad programs with different financial models and duration. Pace is committed to high academic standards, and your student will work with a study abroad advisor in tandem with their academic advisor to ensure that their study abroad program is the right fit personally and academically.
The Pace Education Abroad team will work with each participant to ensure their individual needs and concerns are addressed before, during and after their learning abroad experience. Whatever type of program your family member or friend has chosen, we hope this information helps you understand their unique experience and helps you provide the support at home that your participant needs to enjoy a rich and profound experience abroad. Please reach out to us with questions or concerns regarding your student's study abroad experience: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Abroad 101 Info Session
All students planning to study abroad are required to attend an "Abroad 101 info session" before applying to a program, to understand the process and answer commonly asked questions. These virtual Abroad 101 sessions are offered weekly; they are led by an Education Abroad Advisor and they take place virtually using Zoom.
"Abroad 101 sessions" explores the basics of going abroad while at Pace:
- Program types: semester abroad programs, Pace Faculty-Led programs, and summer programs
- Costs, financial aid, and scholarships
- Application deadlines
- How to apply
If family members want to know more about studying abroad at Pace, we invite you to watch this pre-recorded Abroad 101 info session (25 minutes in length).
Tips to Support Your Student
- Research the country and host school your student wishes to attend.
- Visit the Financial Aid Office. Your student will meet with a Study Abroad Advisor to discuss budget including tuition, fees, books, housing, meals and airfare. Additional expenses may include passport, visa, housing deposits, and personal expenses. Students should meet with Pace's Financial Aid office to determine what is applicable towards their semester abroad.
- Meet with the Study Abroad Advisor. Appointments available during walk-in hours, and by appointment. Students must schedule an appointment.
- Attend the Pre-departure session. The pre-departure session includes information regarding registration, money, health, safety, culture shock, etc. Pre-departure sessions are held once a semester for departing students, and parents may attend. Contact the study abroad office for dates and times.
- Contact your bank/credit card company. Students must notify their bank and/or credit card company while they will be abroad. If your bank has not been notified and they notice international charges, they may freeze the account for your student's safety. You should also ask your bank about fees that your student will incur for withdrawing money abroad and/or using his/her credit card. These fees vary from bank to bank. Some banks may have sister banks abroad that you can use without a fee.
- Ask your current cell phone provider what options are available. Some cell phone providers may offer international plans, however in many cases students choose to turn off their data and use their smart phones in locations where WiFi is available.
- Familiarize yourself with Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, and other communication apps. Many families rely on Skype to communicate with their student abroad. If you have a smart phone there are also apps (WhatsApp, FaceTime, etc.) available that will allow you to text or video chat with your student.
- Consider social media. Facebook and similar social media sites allow families to follow their students' adventures abroad, seeing the places they are visiting, their photos and in some cases even chatting with them. With the increasing availability of WiFi in many locations, social media has allowed families a way to maintain contact.
- Have your student register with STEP. Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service that allows U.S. citizens traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
- Get a passport. In case of an emergency, it is recommended that a parent/ guardian have a passport. Visit the U.S. Department of State website for details.