If you haven’t already started talking with your parents about your plans to study abroad or off-campus, now is the time to start! To help get the conversation going, the FAQs below answers questions commonly asked by parents.
What important information should I share with my parents?
First, you should tell your parents why you are interested in studying off-campus with CCCU GlobalEd. Share your excitement! Explain to them how you heard about the program, why your interest has grown, and how you think the experience will benefit you.
From there, you can get into the nitty-gritty details. Everyone’s parents are going to have different concerns and questions, but some important topics to cover are program dates, costs, safety, and communication. While some topics are covered below, we also encourage you to share the program’s website with your parents. It contains a world of information about everything from housing to academics to program staff.
Who should my parents contact if they have questions?
It is bound to happen: your parents are going to ask you a question that you don’t know how to answer. If that happens, take note of their concerns and give your advisor a call! While we don’t mind talking with your parents, you are the one who wants to study with us so you should be our main point of contact. If your parents ask tough questions, use it as an opportunity to learn more about the program and then communicate the answers back to them. This is the best way to make sure that both you and your parents are informed.
Will I be safe during the semester?
We understand that safety is a big concern for your parents, whether you are studying stateside or internationally. While CCCU GlobalEd cannot guarantee that you will not experience any risks, we can affirm our longstanding commitment to student safety and stewardship; and our readiness to deal with emergencies in a responsible manner.
CCCU GlobalEd has been in operation for more than 35 years. We only operate programs in locations where we are confident that you will be safe. We continually monitor the news and safety conditions for changes, responding as necessary. Each program has an emergency plan that is reviewed regularly in light of standards of good practice in off-campus programming, local regional advice, risk management consultations, and experience gained through previous emergency events. Program staff members are well connected within their local communities, with many years of experience and deep networks of resources to draw upon for advice and assistance. Additionally, each program includes safety topics in orientation in which we ask students to do their part to stay safe as well.
If your parents would like more details on this issue, please direct them to CCCU GlobalEd’s Health & Safety page.
Will CCCU GlobalEd ever contact my parents?
Before you begin the program, CCCU GlobalEd considers you to be our primary point of contact. So we will not be in regular contact with your parents. However, we will notify your emergency contacts in the case of an emergency and/or if any safety announcements need to be sent out during the semester.
International programs: How often will I be able to communicate with my family and friends back home?
During the semester you will live in and travel to places that might not always have access to telephones or email. Although there will be time for you to connect with those back home, we encourage you not to be in daily contact with family and friends. Instead, it is important to spend your “emotional energy” identifying with the local culture; you will have a better semester as a result. We suggest that you prepare your family and friends that they may not hear from you as often as they might when you are on campus back home. It is best not to commit to calling friends and family at a set time until after you arrive at the program and become more familiar with the schedule.
In the case of emergency: CCCU GlobalEd program staff always have means of communicating with our U.S. offices, including at times when the group is traveling.