Communication

Before your student leaves, you should make a plan for communicating with each other while he or she is abroad.

Remember that the more time your student spends communicating with family and friends at home, the less time he/she will spend integrating into the local culture, one of the main experiences he/she is hoping to gain by studying abroad. If your student is busy and fully engaged in the study abroad experience, there will be less time to email/call you, which is a positive thing! Encourage your student to communicate when they can, and to tell you about all of the things they are learning and doing. This will help him or her make the most of their experience, while still including you.

Ways to Communicate

Culture Shock/Homesickness

Visiting

Re-entry/Reverse Culture Shock