Parents and family members play a significant role in supporting
students throughout the overseas study experience, and it is important
you have a clear idea of what is involved. We hope that the following
information will answer most of your questions. If you have any
questions after reading this, please first ask your student and then
feel free to contact us with additional concerns.
Studying overseas is an endeavor that takes a high level of initiative
and responsibility on the part of the student to make it successful. The
staff in the study abroad office work primarily with the student, as
research shows that the more involved a student is with their own planning
process, the more successful the study abroad experience will be. We believe
that by taking responsibility for planning the overseas study experience,
students can learn and practice skills that prepare them for future travels.
Parent Q and A
How does study abroad benefit my student?
Now more than ever, it is important that students learn to be
responsible global citizens. Studying abroad enhances academic learning by
providing a different perspective to view a student's chosen degree and
coursework. This will help your student become more successful in academics
and their future career. Employers and graduate schools agree that
candidates who have international experience are more likely to succeed
after graduation. Whether students want to improve their language skills,
build lifelong friendships, experience new cultures, or see a different part
of the world, study abroad will open many doors to their future. Students
returning from study abroad programs say that they benefit most from the
personal growth and self-confidence that international travel fosters.
Is study abroad expensive?
No! Study abroad costs about the same as a semester of tuition, fees and
room and board at Saint Martin's. Most students remain eligible for
financial aid and there are also many scholarships available to students
Will my student fall behind academically?
No! As part of the application process, we require that students speak
to their advisors about study abroad and their academic goals. Students are
required to take a full course load while they are abroad, and the credits
from an approved partnership will transfer back to Saint Martin's either as
elective credit, or credit toward the student's major or minor.
Is study abroad safe?
Yes! Although it may be a little scary sending your student out into the
world, we work hard to make sure our students are in a safe situation at all
times. We closely monitor our study abroad locations and will cancel a
program or return students if a region is found to be unsafe. Flights,
housing, and insurance are arranged well in advance of students intended
departure dates. For semester and summer programs, a local orientation is
provided onsite when students arrive in their host countries.