We highly recommend discussing your plans to study off-campus with your parents or guardians as soon as possible! To help get the conversation going, the FAQs below provide answers for commonly-asked questions.
What important information should I share?
First, you should tell them 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 will 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 them. It contains a world of information about everything from housing to academics to program staff.
Who should they contact with questions?
If you are considering a term with CCCU GlobalEd, you should be the main point of contact with our office
. If your parent/guardian has questions you don’t have answers to, make a list and give your Admissions Coordinator a call or schedule a video meeting. Throughout this process, we want to encourage you to take responsibility and lean into the challenge of coordinating logistics and preparing well for your term off-campus. Studying off-campus is an exercise in independence (along with many other things!), so we consider the time before your departure as an opportunity to lay the groundwork for your overall success!
In the case of emergencies, the CCCU GlobalEd office will communicate directly with parents/guardians as well as students’ home institutions.
How should I address safety concerns?
We understand that safety can be a concern when considering any term off-campus, stateside or internationally. While CCCU GlobalEd cannot guarantee complete freedom from 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 40 years. We only operate programs in locations where we are confident that students 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 reviews safety topics during their student orientation.
For more details on this subject, please direct them to CCCU GlobalEd’s Health & Safety page.
Will CCCU GlobalEd ever contact my parents/guardians?
As the applicant or participant, CCCU GlobalEd considers you to be our primary point of contact. However, we will notify the emergency contacts that you provide on your application in the case of an emergency and/or if any safety announcements need to be sent out during the term.
How often will I be able to communicate with my family and friends back home?
Support networks are vital! Check-ins with friends and family provide support and familiarity; however, we encourage students to prioritize building community within their program location. This means that contact with family and friends could look different from a normal term at their home campus. We’ve had countless students attest that spending the bulk of their time and “emotional energy” identifying with the local culture, rather than being torn in two directions, leads to a richer overall experience. We suggest that you prepare your family and friends for the likelihood that they will not hear from you as often as usual.
During the term, you may travel to places that might not always have reliable access to phones or email, but in the case of emergencies, CCCU GlobalEd program staff always have means of communicating with our U.S. offices, including times when the group is traveling.