At the Center for International Programs, we recognize the important role that parents often play in supporting their student through the process of participating on a study abroad program. This page is meant to be a resource to you as your student begins this journey.
Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity for your child to grow personally, inter-culturally, academically and professionally. Your support and interest will help your son or daughter to be successful abroad. This guide will help answer some of the questions that you might have in mind. Take time to review the information contained on this page and on this website and feel free to contact us with your questions or concerns.
The study abroad process and experience begins from the day a student decides to participate on a study abroad program and continues even after the student returns back to the United States. Each step along the way has different joys and challenges.
We are committed to proactively communicating with your student about all aspects of the study abroad process. The Center for International Programs, SUNY New Paltz, and our overseas university partners as well as family members, friends, and faculty provide important support for students who are studying abroad. Ultimately, however, we feel it is important for every student to understand that they are the person responsible for making their study abroad experience a positive and successful one.
Strategies for a successful study abroad process and experience include being patient and flexible, turning in required documentation on time (or ahead of schedule!), communicating proactively with their Study Abroad Advisor, Academic Advisor(s), counselors, and family members about their goals, questions, concerns, and specific needs.
To avoid unnecessary academic, financial, or immigration problems, students need to take the time to learn the requirements of course selection, language proficiency, budgeting and billing, student visas, and policies on program withdrawal, housing, airfares, etc.
Study Abroad Advisors and staff are always welcome to discussing the study abroad process and individual student issues with parents and legal guardians.
Please note, the SUNY New Paltz Center for International Programs cannot discuss information from a student's records unless we have received a completed Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) form from the student with the designated parent/guardian listed as a contact.
The Center for International Programs is proud to serve the diverse and exciting New Paltz and SUNY community. Our staff support the needs of all students who study abroad and have special training and interest in those who are historically underrepresented in the field. We proactively support all students no matter their race, class, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, ability, political affiliation, gender, age or health status. We recognize that proactive inclusion and advocacy make not only for better study abroad programs, but a better world.