Auburn Abroad recognizes the important role parents, guardians, and other loved ones play in a student’s study abroad experience. Our goal is to provide resources to help families learn how to best support and encourage their student before, during, and after the student’s time abroad.
If you have questions about this opportunity, we encourage you to talk with your student and review the resources available throughout our site. If you still have questions, we invite you to contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions from Parents
The experience of studying or interning in another country provides benefits which a student can use in their classes, career, graduate school, and life. As the world becomes smaller, students need to find ways to stand out and to become the best version of themselves. Education abroad provides many benefits including:
Over 1300 Auburn Students go abroad on 112 programs that provide core curriculum, major, and minor courses for Auburn Credit. International internships and consulting projects are also offered in several colleges. All colleges within Auburn University offer programs abroad for their students.
Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to study abroad! There may be some important considerations that your student will need to review. View the resources for Diverse Populations.
Learning about the entire study abroad process can be overwhelming. Begin at the Where Do I Start? page and then come into the office to meet with a peer advisor.
* Some programs may have additional eligibility requirements
The Money Matters section details considerations for study abroad expenses and links to funding resources both within and outside of Auburn University.
Although each program will have different travel requirements, general information can be found in the Travel Resources section. Students will be informed of site-specific travel details before each program begins.
Some students may experience homesickness while abroad, which is not uncommon and it can happen at any time. These feelings can be part of a learning process that is integral with an international program. Be accessible to you students and visit the resources listed below.
Your student’s safety is very important to us. Students may experience mild illnesses or upset stomachs due to change in food or activity levels. These normal occurrences may pass quickly with rest and over-the-counter medication from local pharmacies.
It is rare for students to be hospitalized. However, Auburn University covers all students, faculty and staff with an International Emergency Travel Insurance plan while abroad. This plan covers outpatient care, hospitalization, and medical and security evacuation. In addition, program leaders complete a Managing International Travel Crises session online and work with their on-site vendors to locate nearby pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals for students.
DO understand that this experience may affect your student’s idea of self. Studying abroad exposes students to new cultures and ideas that may influence your student’s overall perception. Additionally, when your student returns home, they may have some difficulty readjusting to American life. This is normal for everyone, and encouraging your student to share their experiences with you can help them through this period.
Much of a student’s education abroad information (admission data, billing, housing, schedules, etc.) cannot be released to parents without a student›s written permission in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Please note that Auburn University may disclose information when necessary to protect the health and safety of a student.
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