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Parents and Guardians

Your son or daughter has decided they would like to study away but aren’t sure just where and for how long.  The fact that they are willing and excited to take on this adventure of a lifetime is an important indication that they are thinking about their personal and professional growth.  A staff member in the Office of Global Engagement at LaGrange College, along with their academic adviser, will meet and discuss with your student their plans to study away and guide them through the process of selecting and applying for a program. You are an important part of this discussion and process.

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Questions about personal and academic goals as well as financial needs will dictate the type of program you and your student will choose.  Researching the type of programs offered, finding the right fit, and completing the application can take 12 to 18 months.  Be prepared to start early and ask and discuss the following:

  • How long is the program and will it fit with their academic schedule?
  • What type of program are they interested in an internship, service learning, or academic study and research?
  • How will the credits count towards their degree?
  • Do they need to speak a foreign language?
  • What kind of housing do they offer?  
  • What is the cost and is financial aid needed?
  • What are the application deadline and payment schedule?
  • What kind of insurance coverage do they need?
  • What health issues and concerns need to be addressed?
  • Are there any safety or security concerns with where they want to travel?
  • What important immigration documents are required?  Passport, visa, etc.
  • What is the best way to handle finances, i.e. ATM, credit card?
Here are some resources that will help you support your student before, during and after their study away experience:
Study Abroad Parent Guide
A Parent Guide to Study Abroad