Who awards the credit, and how will it count toward my degree?
If credit is not awarded by the home institution, what is the process for transferring credits and how will they transfer? Are the grades averaged into the CPA? Will they apply toward the major, general education, distribution, or other graduation requirements?
How much does it cost?
What is the total cost of the program? Does it include tuition? Airfare? Housing? A meal plan?
Be especially careful to ask specific questions about what is covered regarding housing and meals. Have your child ask how far the housing will be from where classes will be held: whether it is in a safe area; and how she will get from her place of residence to classes. Do not assume that a meal plan includes three meals a day, seven days a week: ask! If the student will be in a home-stay situation, ask if she will be invited or expected to eat with the family, and whether or not she will have kitchen privileges.
Is financial aid available for study abroad?
In some cases students may be able to use at least some of the same financial aid packages they receive at the home campus for study abroad. In other cases, they cannot. SHSU offers special scholarship money specifically designed to help make study abroad possible. The SHSU Study Abroad Office can help direct students toward available resources for funding study abroad and let them know which programs will be eligible for financial aid.
Are provisions made, or support services available, for students with special needs?
If your child has special needs, she will want to ask questions about any special services, accommodations, etc. she may require. or be accustomed to receiving on her home campus.
Many countries have provisions comparable but not necessarily equal to those provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); often they are not as extensive and generous as those in the United States Knowing in advance what kinds of assistance will or will not be available is important in assuring that your child has a pleasant and safe experience abroad. The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) at Mobility International USA (http://wwwmiusa.org) has information about programs that are willing and able to assist students with special needs.