Parents & Family
"We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey." ~ John Hope Franklin
In study abroad, as in other settings, parents, guardians, and families can play an important role in the health and safety of participants by helping them make decisions and by influencing their behavior overseas.
- Be informed about and involved in the decision of the participant to enroll in a particular program.
- Obtain and carefully evaluate participant program materials, as well as related health, safety and security information.
- Discuss with the participant any of his/her travel plans and activities that may be independent of the study abroad program.
- Engage the participant in a thorough discussion of safety and behavior issues, insurance needs, and emergency procedures related to living abroad.
- Be responsive to requests from the program sponsor for information regarding the participant.
- Keep in touch with the participant.
- Be aware that the participant rather than the program may most appropriately provide some information.
Nota Bene: Haverford requires that both parents/guardian have a valid passport for the period of time the student is abroad.
Information to Obtain Before Your Student Travels
- The name, address, phone number, fax and email address of the program director in the United States, if there is one, and the program director on site. If your student is going through another university or college in the United States (Sweet Briar College, Wellesley College, etc), parents should call the US director first, whenever possible.
- The address, phone number, fax and email of the resident director or housing warden. Your student's personal address, phone number, email, etc. Nota bene: In some programs, the mailing address will be different from your residence.
- The name, address, phone, and fax number of key people at Haverford College, such as the Dean's Office, Housing Office, Registrar, Business Office, Financial Aid Office, and your student's Academic Advisor, etc, in case you need to contact us directly about issues of concern.
- Be sure to have a copy of your student's personal information, including but not limited to social security number, passport, visa, the numbers of traveler's checks, ATM/credit cards, etc. Your student will also need to keep a record of these numbers with them, but not in the same place as the originals. With these measures, if traveler's checks or passports are lost or stolen they can easily be replaced. Don't forget to obtain the 24 hour phone number where you can report lost or stolen credit cards.
- Please be sure to have your student let you know, well in advance, when and on what flight they will be returning home.
- Before your student travels, register the trip with the U.S. Department of State.
- Review Haverford College Study Abroad's Pre-Departure Handbook.
- Students Abroad (a U.S. State Department website)
- CIEE: The Knowldedge Series
- Responsible Study Abroad: Good Practices for Health & Safety
- Safety Abroad First - Educational Travel Information
- Study Abroad Safety Handbook
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- A Note for Browsing Parents
- Tips For Parents