For Parents


For Parents

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students on study abroad trip
Some parents welcome the idea of their student studying abroad, while others feel anxious about it. Either way, you will have questions and concerns. The best was to allay your worries is to start an open dialogue with your student. They have all the information you need, so talk to them. Some important questions to ask are:

  • Why does your student want to study abroad?
  • Is your student willing to fully immerse themselves in another culture?
  • What does your student wish to get out of the experience?
  • Ask how your student will behave overseas; they will be making decisions about finance, safety, balancing study and free time.

Other Tips:

  • Research the destination country; the more you know the less you will fear.
  • Read the website information, blog and literature your student has. This will keep you informed about cost, length of trip and other details. Having concrete details and plans will also give you something to lessen your worries.
  • Have your student give you a copy of their finalized travel plans. This will give you one less thing to worry about.
  • Help your student to make informed decisions about their study abroad experience.
  • Use social media sites to help stay in contact with your student while abroad (ex: Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs). Many times students will contact you more frequently when abroad then when just away to college.
  • Make sure that your student has packed enough of the things they can not live without for the entire trip. While traveling abroad some things are not readily available and knowing that your student has these essentials will give some peace of mind.



    Is your student thinking about Studying Abroad?

  • My student wants to learn more about study abroad. What is the best way to get information about the study abroad options available to Maryville students?

    • Visit the Office for Study Abroad, University Library 120
    • Attend an information session
    • Visit our website:
    • Contact us by email: or
    • MOSAIC students – contact your campus study abroad advisor

  • How does my student apply to a faculty-led study abroad program?

    • Complete and submit an online application. Make sure you select the correct study abroad experience.
    • Pay the $300 deposit to reserve a space in the program. (A refund is available up to 60 days prior to program start date.)

    Yes, my student wants to Study Abroad!

  • How does my student register for classes?
    • Maryville students may register for courses through Access Maryville beginning February 25. After the program begins, all changes can be made through the Office for Study Abroad.
    • MOSAIC students will register through the Maryville’s Office for Study Abroad.

  • What classes can my student take? Do they count toward Their degree?
    Classes for each program are available in the Office for Study Abroad. Students should consult their academic advisor for assistance in determining how the credits fit into a specific degree plan. Maryville reserves the right to restructure or cancel a course in case of insufficient enrollment. If this occurs, students will be offered a choice of several alternative courses.

  • What classes can my student take? Do they count toward Their degree?
    • Tuition and program fees are paid through each student’s individual account. Students will receive detailed payment information upon admission to their program.
    • MOSAIC students will receive detailed payment information upon registration.

  • Is financial aid available for summer-abroad programs?
    • Maryville students can apply for financial aid for summer study abroad. Please contact a Solution Squad or Visitor Center staff member to schedule an individual appointment.
    • MOSAIC students should contact their campus financial aid office for information.

  • What is covered by the program fee?
    What is covered by the program fee varies by location. Most program fees cover orientation, housing in a double room, insurance, and select excursions; Lugano includes a partial meal plan. Refer to your student’s study abroad admission letter for details of what is covered by the program fee.

  • What is NOT covered by the program fee?
    The program fee does not cover airfare, most meals (except in Lugano), local transportation, optional excursions, and personal spending money. These expenses are estimated in the total cost of the program but are not directly billed by Maryville University.

    Preparing for the Study Abroad experience!

  • What should my student pack?
    Students will receive packing tips in their pre-departure meetings. A suggested packing list will be communicated through social media and at orientation.

  • Where will my student live while studying abroad?
    • Housing varies by location.
    • Students in Florence, London, Dublin, and Oxford will live in local student apartments.
    • Students in Lugano will live in a Franklin University residence hall.

  • How can my student access cash while abroad?
    • The easiest way to access local currency while abroad is with an ATM/debit card.
    • Your student must contact their banking institution to notify them of the dates and destination of travel. Failure to do this may result in the debit card being declined.
    • Specifics for each location will be covered at pre-departure meetings.

  • What is provided? What should my student take/buy?
    This varies by location and will be covered at pre-departure meetings.

  • How will I communicate with my student during the study abroad experience?
    • There are a variety of ways for students to communicate with their families while abroad.
    • Students will receive information on cell phones, internet access, and other forms of communication in pre-departure meetings.
    • Available technology may vary by location.

    What about the health & safety of my student?

  • Does my student need immunizations before traveling?
    • Generally, students do not need additional immunizations for travel to our summer 2019 study abroad locations.
    • For information, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control website.

  • Does Maryville provide health insurance for students?
    • Yes, overseas health insurance is included in the program fee.
    • Each student will receive an electronic insurance card and coverage brochure prior to traveling.

  • Does Maryville provide travel insurance?
    No, travel insurance is not included in the program fee.

  • What if my student becomes ill while abroad?
    Students should contact the on-site academic dean or a faculty member. They will be in the best position to assist students and secure appropriate medical attention if needed.

  • How do we contact our student in case of emergency?
    Prior to departure, students will be given a list of emergency contact numbers for each study abroad location to share with their family. This list will include contact information for Maryville faculty and staff as well as for our overseas partners.

    Policies and checklist

  • Student Code of Conduct
    • Students are required to read, understand, and sign a travel agreement prior to departure.
    • Any student in violation of the agreement may be dismissed from the program and sent home at his or her expense.

  • Alcohol and Drug Policy
    • Abuse of alcohol on overseas programs will not be tolerated. Any unreasonable, disruptive, or irresponsible behavior by students abusing this privilege may result in immediate departure back to the United States at the expense of the student or students involved.
    • The Office for Study Abroad has a zero-tolerance policy regarding illegal drug use. Students are subject to the laws of the country in which the program is conducted.
    • Participants in Faculty-led study abroad programs must:
    • Read all materials issued or recommended by the Office for Study Abroad and the faculty
    • Attend pre-departure meetings, on-site classes, and mandatory excursions unless otherwise excused
    • Provide accurate physical and mental health information to the Office for Study Abroad
    • Provide accurate emergency contact information to the Office for Study Abroad
    • Assume responsibility for personal preparation for the program: learn the culture and laws of the host country, be aware of local conditions when making daily choices and decisions, and comply with the code of conduct.
    • Promptly express any health or safety concerns to the on-site academic dean or on-site faculty member

  • Parent Checklist
    • My student is registered for classes
    • My student understands how to pay for his/her study abroad program
    • My student understands what is covered in the program fee
    • My student has a current passport that will be valid for 6 months after his/her return
    • My student has submitted all required documents to the Center for Global Education
    – Guidelines for travel abroad
    – Release Form
    – Health and Emergency Contact form
    – Passport copy
    – Flight itinerary
    • My student understands how to access funds and pay for items while abroad
    • My student has obtained sufficient prescription medicine for his/her entire length of time abroad
    • My student has obtained airline tickets for his/her trip abroad and has given a copy to the CGE
    • We have determined how we will communicate while my student is abroad
    • I understand how to communicate with program staff in case of emergency