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Hello parents and family members,
You might be here because your Lumberjack has mentioned their interest in studying in another country, or maybe they are packing up to leave in a few days. We want to help you understand the benefits of this transformational, rewarding experience and the process behind getting them abroad.
Studying in another culture provides students with opportunities to broaden their perspectives. Lumberjacks abroad might enhance their proficiency in a foreign language, explore a new academic interest, build an international career network, make lasting friendships with local students and host families, and feel inspired by incredible sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of an unfamiliar place. It is a privilege for us to help your student engage in the diversity of the world.
We strive to support students in navigating as much of the planning process independently, because this independence will benefit them when they arrive in their host country. We also understand that without your support, your student could not succeed abroad. Thank you for supporting them and learning alongside them in this journey.
We hope these resources provide you the information you need to understand your student’s upcoming experiences. Thank you for your entrusting us with facilitating your Lumberjack’s experience abroad!
Your Education Abroad Team
Frequently asked questions:
What is the best time to study abroad? Accordion Closed
There is no “best” time for everyone to study abroad, but there may be a time that is more convenient for certain majors or students who participate in Athletics, Greek Life, or other activities with designated timelines. Students are encouraged to contact the Education Abroad office in their freshman year to help plan their time at NAU in accordance with their study abroad goals. It is most common to study abroad during a student’s sophomore or junior year.
Will studying abroad prevent my student from graduating on time? Accordion Closed
With proper planning, many students are able to study abroad and graduate on time! When speaking with an Education Abroad Advisor about programs, your student will see where they can find classes available to them while they are abroad. They are highly encouraged to work with their academic advisor before they leave to determine what classes they can take abroad to fulfill their NAU degree requirements. Students can take major, minor, Liberal Studies, and General Electives abroad to stay on track academically.
Am I required to sign any documents or participate in the application process? Accordion Closed
Parents are not required to participate in the application process unless the student is under 18, in which case the parent will need to sign each application document on behalf of the student. The student must be 18 at the time of travel. Parents are encouraged to remain involved and supportive in their student’s study abroad experience.
What if my student wants to withdraw their application? Accordion Closed
Once students click the “submit” button in their Education Abroad application, they are automatically responsible for a $100 application fee (regardless of program). Should they choose to withdraw their application after submitting, they must both notify their Education Abroad Advisor and withdraw their application at nau.edu/edabroad. Students who withdraw after submitting their application will also be responsible for a $500 cancellation fee (regardless of program). This will be charged to the student’s LOUIE.
Students who withdraw from their Faculty-Led program after being admitted will be responsible for the $100 and $500 fees listed above in addition to any money that has already been spent on the student’s behalf. This will be charged to the student’s LOUIE.
对于教职员带领的项目 (Faculty-Led program)，在申请经过批准后，却退出的学生，除了已经支付的任何费用外，还需支付上述100美元和500美元的费用。这些费用将从学生的LOUIE中扣除。
Where will my student live? Accordion Closed
Accommodation varies based on program; students may live in on-campus residence halls, off-campus accommodation, homestays/host families, or hotels/hostels for short-term programs. Students are encouraged to work with their Education Abroad Advisor on what types of accommodation are available for their specific program and how much accommodation will cost.
Can I attend my student’s pre-departure meetings and orientation? Accordion Closed
Of course! Parents are welcome to join their student at any Pre-Departure Orientations and meetings.
What is a reliable method to keep in touch with my student while abroad? Accordion Closed
Based on what location they are in and how long they are staying, your student may opt to purchase a local phone/phone plan for their time abroad. The most common mode of communication for our students abroad is Wi-Fi based apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Viber, and so on. Students are highly encouraged to remain connected with family and support systems back home while abroad.
Can my student extend their trip or make side trips? Accordion Closed
Students can and often do incorporate independent weekend/short trips into their time abroad, and also often leave the US for their host country early or extend their trip at the end. Students are more than welcome to do so, though they are highly encouraged to ensure that they have appropriate health insurance coverage during their time abroad. Students should also inform others if they plan to travel abroad, such as parents or host university in the event of an emergency. Students should research any required visas, cultural nuances, and health/safety information before planning such trips. Students interested in traveling to other destinations during their time abroad or extending their trip should speak to their Education Abroad Advisor.
While my student is abroad, what should they do if there are questions or problems? Accordion Closed
Students are encouraged to remain in constant contact with both their Education Abroad Advisor and the study abroad support team at their home institution (or their faculty leader, if on a faculty-led program) regarding any questions or concerns. If a student experiences an emergency abroad, they are encouraged to call the Education Abroad 24-hour line at +1-602-234-9105.
Can I contact the NAU Education Abroad office to request information on my student? Accordion Closed
Parents are welcome to contact the Center for International Education at 928-523-2409 if they have general inquiries. If parents have inquiries on their specific student, they are encouraged to contact the student’s Education Abroad Advisor.
Parents should note that according to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (also known as FERPA), a student’s university-related records including educational, financial, and personal information are confidential. The Education Abroad office can only release information on a specific student if that student has filled out the FERPA. If students wish for their parents to have access to their personal information through NAU while the student is abroad, the student is encouraged to sign the FERPA release.
Health and Safety
Will travel insurance be provided? How about supplemental private health insurance? Accordion Closed
Students traveling on exchange or faculty-led programs will be automatically enrolled by Education Abroad in GEOBlue health insurance that will begin 3 days before the official beginning of the program and ending 3 days after the official last day of the program. Students traveling on ISEP, USAC, or provider programs will receive insurance through their provider.
Students and parents should be advised that depending on what country the student is traveling to, they may be required to purchase country-specific health insurance in addition to the health insurance provided by NAU/ISEP/USAC/their provider. Students are encouraged to work with their Education Abroad Advisor to clarify country-specific health insurance requirements. Please be advised that Education Abroad does not assist in purchase or payment of country-specific health insurance on behalf of the student.
For a list of international health insurance providers, see the State Department’s “Insurance for Overseas Providers” page
除了由NAU / ISEP / USAC /他们提供的健康保险外，根据学生前往国家不同，应告知学生和家长学生可能还需要购买针对特定国家的健康保险。鼓励学生与他们的国际交流项目部门的顾问咨询，以阐明特定国家/地区的健康保险要求。请注意，鼓励学生与他们的国际交流项目部门不代表学生协助支付特定国家/地区的健康保险。
Are my student’s medications legal in the host country? Accordion Closed
Students should verify that any medication they plan to take abroad is legal in their host country. It is also recommended that students have all the proper documentation for their medications (e.g. doctor’s note, written prescriptions) during their travel. In the event that medicine is lost, students should have an alternative plan for obtaining and replacing required medications. Students and parents can consult the Center for Disease Control for information on taking medications abroad.
Can my student get enough medication for the duration of their trip? Accordion Closed
How much medication a student is able to obtain before their trip may vary based on the type of medication, prescriber, and health insurance coverage. Students and parents can consult the Center for Disease Control as well as their personal physician and/or health insurance provider for details on obtaining medications to take abroad.
Will my student need any vaccines? Accordion Closed
What should my student do in case of an emergency? Accordion Closed
If a student experiences a medical emergency abroad, they are encouraged to use the international health insurance they are provided (either through NAU if they are on an exchange program, or through their provider if there are on a provider program) to seek necessary medical attention. They can also contact NAU Education Abroad’s 24-hour emergency line at +1-602-234-9105. Students are encouraged to remain in constant contact with both their Education Abroad Advisor and the study abroad support team at their home institution (or their faculty leader, if on a faculty-led program) and keep all parties informed of any emergencies.
如果学生在国外遇到紧急医疗事故，我们建议他们使用所提供的国际健康保险（如果是交流项目，则通过NAU进行；如果是提供者计划，则通过其提供者的服务）寻求必要的医疗护理。他们还可以致电+ 1-602-234-9105与NAU 国际交流项目部门24小时紧急热线联系。我们鼓励学生与本国机构的国外教育顾问和出国留学支持团队保持持续联系（如果是由学院领导的计划，则要与教职负责人保持联系），并随时将所有紧急情况通知各方。
Costs and Scholarships
What are the costs of study abroad? Accordion Closed
Costs can vary based on program and location. Typically, students can expect to pay for: an application fee, tuition, student fees, airfare, accommodation, meals, books, visa expenses, personal expenses, and international health insurance costs. There may also be additional fees incurred based on the program the student attends. Students are encouraged to work with their Education Abroad Advisor on the costs of their particular program.
My student receives a full or partial tuition waiver from NAU (such as the Lumberjack, President’s, Dean’s, Blue, or Gold), does that apply to study abroad? Accordion Closed
Students can apply NAU tuition waivers to all Exchange and ISEP Exchange programs. Tuition waivers cannot apply to ISEP Direct, USAC, Costa Rica, provider, faculty-led, or any programs that run over Winter or Summer terms. Using waivers on international internships depends on the term and internship specifics.
学生可以将NAU学费减免用在所有Exchange和ISEP 留学交流项目中。减免学费不适用于ISEP Direct，USAC，Costa Rica, provider, 教职员工领导的或任何冬季或夏季项目中。学费豁免取决于期限和国际实习的特殊规定。
How does FAFSA apply to study abroad? Accordion Closed
All students, regardless of whether they plan to study abroad, are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Filling out the FAFSA qualifies students for loans and grants. Students can apply their FAFSA aid to any study abroad program. We encourage students to contact our Financial Aid Advisor for study abroad at email@example.com to see specifically how their financial aid will apply to their program.
Are there scholarships available? Accordion Closed
YES! There are scholarships available through the Center for International Education and other organizations nationwide and internationally that provide funding options to students. Students are encouraged to look for scholarships that they may qualify for (scholarships may be based on financial need, status as an underrepresented student such as students of color or first generation students, major, location, language learned abroad, or a variety of other factors).
Students should talk to our Financial Aid Advisor for study abroad at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how receiving scholarships may impact their financial aid status. Students should keep in mind that applying for scholarships is not a guarantee that funding will be provided and it is vital to submit high-quality applications for scholarships.
How will my student access and manage money while abroad? Accordion Closed
Money matters can vary between countries. Some examples: some countries operate almost universally on a cashless, contactless credit/debit card system, while some countries have an economy that is entirely cash-based; it is easier to open a bank account with a local bank in some countries than in others; some countries have currency practices that may vary based on what part of the country you are in. Your student should discuss with their Education Abroad Advisor the best ways of managing money while abroad.
Resources and Useful Links for Parents & Family
- S. Department of State Travel Resources
- S. Department of State Study Abroad Information for Parents
- S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
- Institute of International Education (IIE)
- IIE’s A Parent Guide to Study Abroad
- Locate an Embassy or Consulate
- Calculate time differences, international calling codes, and other useful information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Traveler Resources
Didn’t get your question answered? Make sure your student has filled out the FERPA requirements and email us at email@example.com.