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For Parents

A Note to Parents:

Over the years, studying abroad has become more popular yet it is still not the norm. Students still need the support of their parents to help them make the decision and realize its benefits for the global economy that they will enter after graduation. Encouraging your student to take this step and make this decision for their future and education is one of the best things you can do to help prepare your child to enter into the world. There are few jobs today that function on only local levels. Having an international edge in a student's education is essential.

The world is becoming ever more connected, globalized, and competitive. To make sure that every student succeeds, studying abroad is a necessary step. Investing in this decision is a monumental step towards becoming a global citizen as well as a mature adult. The skills that are learned abroad can only be acquired through direct experience of other cultures and practices.

There are many reasons Duquesne University believes in graduating with both a local and global education and we hope that you, as a parent, encourage your student to become a citizen of the world and open their perspective to see what is beyond their own vision. 

Why Study Abroad?

  • The world suddenly seems smaller and tightly interconnected and our students will be expected to function as professionals in the new global economy.
  • A study abroad experience transforms our students in every way:  intellectually, personally, and professionally.
  • Leaving home and venturing forth to another country empowers a young person and triggers a spurt of personal growth and self confidence.
  • A study abroad experience can  greatly strengthen the resume, for employers interpret the study abroad experience as a sure sign that a person takes on challenges and can function in a wide range of situations.


What’s your role as a parent?

  • Become informed about your student’s program of choice.  A wonderful resource is this national student abroad handbook containing an almost exhaustive checklist guiding your analysis.
  • Encourage your student, guide your student, but do NOT do their preparatory work for them. Their attention to the necessary details involved in studying abroad is a vital part of their growth and is essential to a successful study abroad experience.
  • Attend the formal pre-departure orientation that the Office of International Programs runs for all students.  All parents will receive an invitation. Your student will have the schedule for this Orientation in their package of information. But whether or not you can attend the Orientation, never hesitate to call in. We welcome your questions and concerns.
  • Consider visiting your student – the second half of the semester is a great time to go. By this time, students are settled in, comfortable with their surroundings, and knowledgeable guides. Having your son or daughter proudly act as your guide is a great moment as a parent.


You may also want to know about:

Tuition and Fees
Financial Policies
Health and Safety

External Resources:

AIFS Study Abroad: For Parents

AIP: Parent Study Abroad Information

College Year in Athens: Studying Abroad - A Parental Perspective

Institute of International Education: A Parent's Guide to Study Abroad

IES Abroad: A Parent's Guide to Study Abroad and IES Abroad: Parents

The Benefits of Study Abroad

University College Dublin: Parent's Guide

US Embassy List World Wide