Family Guide

So your student has decided to study abroad. Congratulations! He or she is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. What do you need to know to be supportive during this process?

We hope you are proud that your student is interested in seeing more of the world, making new friends from other cultures, developing cross-cultural competence, and enhancing their academic interests and career prospects.

By now, your student has met with and discussed their program with a UNCG Study Abroad Advisor, completed the study abroad application and other requisite forms. For the rest of the semester, your student will be attending to logistical matters as well as the academic preparations involved in studying abroad. We know you will be with your student every step of the way so we want to help answer some of the questions and concerns you might have on topics relevant to your student’s overseas experience. Other useful websites and references are also on our website at:

The Center for Global Education also has an excellent resource site:

Study Abroad is a unique educational and cultural opportunity for all students at UNCG. The 18th century French author Fougeret de Monbron wrote that “The world is a great book, of which they who never stir from home read only a page.”

We will try our best to help your student get a good start for a productive and enjoyable experience, but your support and interest are equally important. Together, we can ensure that our overseas scholar gets to read many pages of this great book!

– IPC Study Abroad staff

Benefits of studying abroad
The Student's Responsibilities
Academic Policy
How many courses should students take while studying abroad?
Can a student take less than the required minimum credits?
Will a student receive grades for courses taken abroad?
My student is a year ahead and is studying abroad just for personal or professional development. Is securing course approval still necessary and will the grades earned abroad still count?
Why do students have to get course approval?
What if a student is unable to complete a Transfer Credit Form before leaving the U.S.?
What if the student decides to take a course that has not been approved?
Where can my student learn more about the educational system in the host country?
Program Costs and Financial Aid
Safety Issues
Insurance Coverage for your Student
The Supportive Family
Culture Shock
Practical Matters
Know Before You Go
Data File