Dear Parent,

I'm pleased that you are visiting the Parent section of the Study Abroad Office website and are seeking to learn more about the many opportunities your daughter or son has to study, intern, work, teach, volunteer, live and travel overseas through USC. In the following sections, you will find information regarding the academic, career, and personal benefits associated with studying overseas. You will also find resources related to health and safety overseas, the financial aspects of studying abroad, and the process of cultural adjustment that all students go through when living in a foreign environment. Lastly, the study abroad staff has compiled a list of thirteen Tips for Parents to help you make this experience rewarding for your student - and you.

The Study Abroad Office staff is here to guide students through every stage of the study abroad process. We listen to them describe where they want to study and travel, the type of living arrangement they would prefer, and their concerns about making this dream happen both academically and financially. Then we provide them with information about program options, courses, scholarships and financial aid to review and share with you - their parents. I encourage you to let your students meet with our advisors on their own and follow-through on the different pieces involved with this process independently. Developing a sense of independence, responsibility and flexibility are all outcomes of the study abroad experience - which starts even before your son or daughter steps on the plane.

I also encourage you to explore the rest of the Study Abroad Office website. The FAQ sections are particularly helpful in answering the questions that students, and their parents, most commonly have. In addition, you can learn more about the staff by visiting our Meet the Staff section of the website. Please feel free to contact any member of the staff should you have concerns or would like more information.

Jennifer Engel
Director - Study Abroad
International Programs