Information for parents
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 on 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
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