Supporting Your Student

Study Abroad recognizes the important role parents and families often play in supporting their students through the process of participating in a study abroad program. Please review the information as you help your student engage in their preparation.

What to Expect 


Students can begin the process of searching for a study abroad program on our Study Abroad Portal or by coming to a general information session, held on campus, or attending drop-in advising at Study Abroad every Monday through Friday, 11-2 pm. Advisors will guide them in selecting a program that best meets their academic, personal, and professional goals. 


Students will apply to their selected program (and indicate a second choice) by the posted deadline. Upon review of all applications and within two weeks of the posted deadline students will receive information regarding their acceptance and next steps. 


All admitted students will be given 10-14 days to commit to the program and submit the $100 deposit (non-refundable) to hold their spot in the program. 

Committed and Preparing

Study Abroad will provide all relevant requirements, deadlines, and next steps for committed students. This includes information on pre-departure meetings, obtaining a passport and / or visa, flight purchasing, course registration, health clearance, housing, payments, and additional application steps (sponsored & exchange programs). 


While abroad, students are responsible for their academic coursework and all remaining required materials. Students will have a range of experiences while abroad, some very positive and others perhaps challenging. Study Abroad is here to support students on their study abroad journey and we know that the support of family and loved ones plays a critical role in their success. We encourage you to review this helpful guide to understand what your student might be experiencing while abroad and upon return. 

Home on the Hilltop

Once students return home, Study Abroad offers programming to help them reconnect to campus and integrate their experiences for life beyond the Hilltop.

Want to learn more?

Read IIE’s Parent Guide to Study Abroad - English.

Read IIE’s Parent Guide to Study Abroad - Spanish.