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Parents, Families, and Friends

The Office of International Studies recognizes the important role that families play in a student’s decision to study abroad. Our goal is to provide resources to help you learn how to best support and encourage your student before, during, and after the international experience.


Our office works with students to examine the options available for studying abroad, paying attention to their academic, financial, and personal needs. Once students select a program and are accepted, we work to prepare them for the academic and intercultural experiences they may encounter abroad. Our orientation program discusses travel, health, safety, and culture abroad. In addition, we pay careful attention to world events with respect to the safety and security of students abroad.


If you have questions about this experience, we encourage you to talk with your student and review the resources available below. Of course, we also are happy to speak with you regarding your concerns. Please feel free to contact the Study Abroad Advisors directly at 303.352.7196 or studyabroad@mscd.edu.


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