Information for Families

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Here at Sam Houston we want to ensure that the study abroad experience is enjoyed by both the student and their families. Family and friends play an important part in the student's study abroad process, from deciding on a program, to support while abroad, to adjusting to life at home after the program. We hope the information gathered here will give you an overview of what you can expect sending your student abroad and answer most of your questions.

There is no such thing as "the best" or "one-size-fits-all" study abroad experience. Your student's goal should be to find the best program for them. This will depend on a number of academic, personal, and financial factors. Here are some questions for your student to ask as they looks for the program that best fits their own unique goals, objectives, and needs.

  • How long is the program, and when is it offered?
  • Is it a semester? A year? Shorter? Does it dovetail with SHSU's academic calendar and/or the student's need to work?
  • What kind of program is this? Will I be traveling and studying together with a group of other students from SHSU, or a group of American students from other universities? Will I be "immersed" into o foreign university? What kind of support services will be available to me on-site?

The good news is that there are so many types of study abroad opportunities now available that, with good planning, it is possible to find the right experience for almost any student. The SHSU Office of International Programs is here to help your student find the right program for them.

"The Study Abroad Decision" is a great resource for students and families on the reasons to study abroad, the best ways to plan and experience your trip, and the trends behind today's popular abroad programs.

A Parent Guide to Study Abroad by IIE is a guide packed with practical information written specifically for parents. The authors make a strong case for the importance of parental involvement that can influence and shape a successful cross-cultural experience. Available for download in English and Spanish for free.

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