Parent and Student Roles

Parental support is essential in helping students assume responsibility for their time abroad. Students will need parents for advice and assistance, and parental encouragement is crucial to the success of each student’s study abroad experience. However in order for students to get the most out of this experience, students will need to assume responsibility for the application process and preparation to go abroad. Studying abroad provides a student the opportunity for academic and personal growth, to challenge themselves and to experience the world from a new perspective. Students who invest personal effort in the entire process receive the most benefit. The Study Abroad Office(SAO), therefore, believes that students should assume responsibility for the study abroad experience they are about to have. The SAO is here to guide and assist each student, through group and one-on-one advising, pre-departure orientations, and support while abroad.

The Study Abroad Office adheres to NC State’s policy regarding communicating with parents under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the federal legislation that governs the privacy of student records. While the SAO is happy to answer questions from parents, in many cases we are not able to share information due to FERPA regulations. In keeping with university policy, the Study Abroad Office considers it the student’s responsibility to keep parent(s) or guardian(s) informed about the student’s progress at the university including enrollment in a study abroad program. The SAO is student-centered and we will communicate with and send all correspondence directly to the student.