Studying abroad can be a time of challenges, intense learning and personal growth. For many years, participants may continue to reevaluate ideas and events in the context of the broader cultural perspectives they acquired abroad. In addition, you may find yourself changing and learning in response to the changes experienced by your student. This can be a significant time in both your lives in which you can play an important role.

Study Abroad Online Workshop for Parents

This is a wonderful resource for parents and family members to learn about study abroad. Watch discussions and presentations about how to encourage students to incorporate a learning abroad experience into their undergraduate degree plans. Topics of concerns to parents, such as health and safety abroad, financing study abroad and the impact of international experiences on future careers, are covered in depth.

Recuros para Los Padres

Suggested Readings

  • "Before They Go Abroad.” James McCommons. Better Homes and Gardens magazine, August 2006
  • NAFSA’s What Parents Need to Know! Before, During and After Education Abroad
  • Communicating with Strangers: An Introduction to Intercultural Communication. William B. Gudykunst and Young Yun Kim
  • American-Cultural Patterns: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Edward C. Stewart and Milton J. Bennett (especially chapters 4 and 5)
  • Survival Kit for Overseas Living. Robert Kohls
  • Trans-Cultural Study Guide. Grey Bryan, Ken Darrow, Dan Morrow, Brad Palmquist
  • Surviving Re-entry: A Readjustment Manual for Parents
  • Resources for Parents from

Learning Abroad Center

Other University of Minnesota Resources

Governmental Resources

The US Department of State has extensive travel resources on their website

Health & Insurance

Additional Resources

See also other newspaper websites from around the world to gain other (non-US) perspectives on particular issues or incidents.