Parent FAQ/Resources

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

As study abroad is a time for developing greater independence, we ask that students contact us directly with any questions or concerns they may have regarding their time abroad. If you have questions about our programs that are not answered below, please see other parts of our website and encourage your son/daughter to take the initiative to seek out our assistance.  

• How do you ensure safety and security on your overseas programs?
• Where can I find information about my son/daughter's chosen program?
• What can I do to help my son/daughter prepare for study abroad?
• How much will study abroad cost?
• Will financial aid be available for study abroad?
• Will my son/daughter have health insurance while studying abroad?
• How often should I be in contact with my son/daughter while he/she is abroad?



How do you ensure safety and security on your overseas programs?

Even before we announce/post next year's programs, we are already in the process of reviewing the health and safety risks of our program locations/partner schools. As students apply, we closely monitor the local situtation through several reputable daily reports. If at any time we deem a program unsafe, the student will be immediately notified and the program will be cancelled for that year. If a student applies for a "questionable" location, it is up to the Vice Provost for Global Engagement and a task force of faculty/staff across campus to make the final call. While a student is abroad, we are constantly in a state of monitoring the health and safety risks as they change from day to day. We require that all Baylor study abroad particpants carry an active international cell phone should we need to contact them for any reason. We also require top-notch insurance coverage for each student that provides extensive coverage for all of our participants.

Where can I find information about my son/daughter's chosen program?
Every international program that is run through Baylor can be viewed by clicking the "Study Abroad" tab at the top right of your screen. All exchange/affiliate programs, most faculty-led programs, and some mission trips have complete program brochures online. In the case of limited information on the brochure page, there is a link on the brochure to a webpage with more information. We have also done our best to post contact information for each program for specialized/detailed program questions.

What can I do to help my son/daughter prepare for study abroad?
There are many ways you can assist your student in the process of applying for a study abroad program, but the most important way you can ready them for their time abroad is to give them the space to manage the preparations themselves. Help them create a complete packing list, assist them in drafting a managable budget, brainstorm with them side travel locations, and provide them with adquate health/safety resources (online and practical knowledge). When it comes time for them to travel, trust that you have prepared them adquately and let them go have the time of their life!


How much will study abroad cost?
All programs have different costs depending on tuition and program fees. Some programs cover meals/travel/airfare, but most leave these expenses up to the student. If their program offers course credit, they will be required to pay tuition. Please have your son/daughter contact the program director for a complete list of costs associated with the program they are interested in.


Will financial aid be available for study abroad?
In most cases, financial aid will be available for study abroad participants. Most regular student scholarships and financial aid still apply to students abroad. We also offer one in house scholarship and coordinate another for Pell Grant recipients. Please see the Scholarship information page under Students to the left for more information.

Will my son/daughter have health insurance while studying abroad?
It is a requirement for all Baylor students to be enrolled in supplemental international insurance. All Baylor students will be automatically enrolled in Baylor's policy. This policy's coverage offers the same coverage as a national healthcare plan, with the added benefit of security assistance, international hospitals, and language/translation expertise. Most countries require proof of insurance to even apply for a visa.

How often should I be in contact with my son/daughter while he/she is abroad?
You should discuss communication with your student as early on in their international application process as possible. While this discussion will most likely manifest differently for each family, it is important you communicate your interest in both supporting your student and giving them room to grow as an independent adult. We reccommend setting a Skype meeting for 2-3 times a month so you can catch up and share stories without causing your student to miss out on all opportunities presented to them while they are abroad.

When is the best time to visit my son/daughter?
It is important that you discuss a parent visit with your student before they travel, but also revisit this discussion as they get to their host location. A visit to see your son/daughter is a great way to share experiences and bond as a family, but you should take precaution not to interrupt their studies as this should be a top priority. Plan a trip for shortly after their program time keeping in mind several programs have post-semester/program travel built into the itinerary.

 

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