If you have had the opportunity to travel or study abroad, we are sure you are very excited for your student to take part in this incredible experience. And, if you haven’t studied abroad yourself, you might have some questions and perhaps even some anxiety. No matter what your travel or study abroad experience, please know that we are here to help both your student and you.

Throughout this section you’ll find useful information that has been cultivated over the years in sending more than 15,000 students abroad. We’ve “been there, done that” and want to make sure that you not only feel comfortable but that you also understand the critical role that you can play in making this experience the most valuable it can be. Here are a few thoughts from parents of our alumni that you might find helpful.

“My advice would be to support your son or daughter throughout the process of going abroad. Engage in the process as much as you can so you can learn as much information as you can about the company, the process, the country, the university or college abroad, and so on.”

“CIS Abroad is a very fast-paced well-organized program that certainly is worth the value. Amanda toured Ireland, spent time in Scotland, spent a few weeks in England and in Spain. Don’t be afraid to give your child wings to enjoy such a wonderful experience.”

“1. Be sure and pick a program where your student will be forced to make friends or interact with students from other colleges, programs, and countries. 2. Have a couple of different options regarding staying in touch – mobile voice plans seem never to work out as planned so utilize applications that allow voice internet connections (Viber, etc.) 3. Counsel your student to really get to know the countries they visit. This may mean limiting the number of countries visited but instead more immersion in the host country’s culture.”