There are many different benefits that can result from a study abroad experience. Each student will take something unique away from their program. A study abroad experience gives your student the opportunity to enhance his or her studies by adding an international component that is not available on your home campus. In other words, what better place to learn Italian than in Italy? Study abroad not only allows your student to learn more about the world outside of the U.S., but also helps him or her understand his or her own culture and national identity.

For more information on CISabroad's Health & Safety policies and procedures:

Visit the CISabroad Health & Safety section

Tips for parents of students studying abroad

We know that whether you are sending your student overseas for the first of the tenth time, it’s nerve-racking as a parent to know that your student is getting on a plane to leave the country, and be far away from home for an extended period of time. Trust us, we know, as many of our children have traveled abroad (and a few at younger ages than we might like to admit!). 

We’ve put together some information below that we think will help prepare you for your son or daughter’s experience overseas. For more health and safety information, please visit the Health and Safety section of our website.

Know your student's program:

  • Be informed and involved in your student's decision to enroll in a particular program.
  • Obtain and carefully evaluate CISabroad program materials, as well as related health, safety, and security measures.
  • CISabroad has a 24-hour emergency contact number and we recommend that you have CISabroad contact information easily accessible in case of emergency.
  • Make sure you and your student have this information easily accessible. It is on your student's emergency contact card which you should make a copy of and keep with you while your son/daughter is abroad.

Talk with your child about health and safety:

  • Discuss with your son/daughter any travel plans and activities that may be independent of the study abroad program.
  • Discuss with your student critical safety and behavior issues, insurance needs, and emergency procedures related to living abroad.
  • Detailed information on these aspects can be found in the Health and Safety section of our website.
  • Keep in touch with your son/daughter while he/she is overseas.
  • Contact us with any questions you have regarding CISabroad's insurance, safety measures, or other issues.
  • Be aware that your son/daughter, rather than someone from CISabroad, may be the most appropriate person to provide you with certain information.


Have handy important contact information:

  • Make sure your son/daughter has provided you a copy of the emergency contact card we’ve given him or her, and go over this with him or her to make sure it is completely filled out.
  • Provide your son/daughter  with all your contact information, including office and home phone numbers, e-mail address, along with the contact information for a neighbor, close relative, and/or good friend that will be able to reach you in case of emergency.

Be informed:

Keep informed about what is happening in the country your child is studying abroad in.

Visit the US Department of State website for specific information pertaining to an individual country and general information about travel and safety. Here are links to the US Department of State Travel and Safety Information for the countries to which CISabroad sends students:

Costa Rica
Czech Republic
New Zealand
South Africa


Be prepared:

  • Make sure you have a valid passport in case you need to travel to your child's host country. (Please keep in  mind that if something happens to your student while he/she is abroad and you decide you need to go overseas, you cannot do this without a passport.)
  • Make sure you have a copy of your student's passport.
  • Have a copy of your student's emergency contact card.