Preparation for Going Abroad

“The first time I traveled abroad, my mother helped me pack. That will never happen again.”

–UI student preparing to study abroad a second time

We encourage students to learn as much possible about their soon-to-be new homes before flying overseas. Many students are able to select classes here at the UI that are directly relevant, or choose to write papers on related subjects. And there are always books to read, movies to watch, web sites to visit.... The more they know before they go, the more they’ll understand when they finally arrive. (On the other hand, no amount of information can substitute for the unique experiences your child will have actually being there!)

Parental involvement can influence and shape a successful cross-cultural experience. A Parent Guide to Study Abroad, published by IIE and AIFS, is a book you may want to consider reading to help you prepare to send your child off for study abroad. The book can be purchased online. A limited number of free copies of this book are also available to UI parents from UI Study Abroad. Ask your child to request one when they meet with a Study Abroad advisor.

Each semester UI Study Abroad schedules pre-departure sessions both online and in-person for outbound study abroad students. Much of the content covered in the pre-departure sessions and workshops is available in the Preparation section of our web site. You might find that useful reading, too!