Parents, Family & Friends of CSU Students

India.picture for momThe CSU Education Abroad Office¬†recognizes the important role that parents and family play in a student’s education abroad experience. Our goal is to provide resources to help families learn how to best support and encourage their student before, during, and after the international experience.

Our office works with students to examine the options available for an education abroad experience, paying attention to their academic, financial, and personal needs. Once students select a program and are accepted, we work to prepare them for the academic and intercultural experiences they may encounter abroad. Our orientation program discusses travel, health, safety, and culture abroad. In addition, we pay careful attention to world events with respect to the safety and security of students abroad.

If you have questions about this experience, we encourage you to talk with your student and review the resources available below. If you still have questions, we invite you to contact us.

Why U.S. Students Should Have an Education Abroad Experience

We believe that an education abroad experience provides great opportunities for students to learn about the world, gain new perspectives on their academics and obtain skills for the global workforce. Whether studying art, sciences, business, or engineering, once they graduate they may be required to work abroad at one time or another, work in a multinational corporation or organization, or work in multicultural teams. Globalization is a reality and our graduates must be prepared to function in a global society. Having an education abroad experience and gaining international skills and knowledge will help students be prepared to participate in an increasingly global business environment.

Students who participate on an education abroad program can develop or strengthen several marketable career skills beneficial to future job searches or graduate school applications. This podcast, produced by the CSU Career Center, is a video of hiring managers working for multi-national companies and is a must-see for any prospective study abroad students and alumni.

How CSU Students Find Programs

Many education abroad opportunities exist allowing students to study within their major or minor, learn a language, or participate in an internship, research or a field study program. Our Education Abroad staff assist students in identifying their academic, personal, and financial needs as they consider program options. Please take time to review the following pages to learn about study abroad process and the types of programs available to your student.

Getting Started

Program Options

Applying to a Program

Paying for Education Abroad

It is important to understand all of the costs involved in an education abroad program. The actual costs for an education abroad experience vary widely by program–some programs costs may be similar to studying at Colorado State University, while others may be significantly more expensive. Good planning may assist you and your student in obtaining financial aid and scholarships. Please remember that inflation, changes in exchange rates, and other unforeseen factors sometimes alter costs.

CSU Education Abroad Fee

All students who participate on an education abroad program pay the CSU Education Abroad fee that directly supports the education abroad operation within the Office of International Programs. In addition to funding personnel, publications, programs, and supplies, the revenue from this charge supports the following services:

    • Individual and group advising on opportunities and procedures for education abroad
    • Pre-departure orientation and a workshop for returnees
    • Assistance with CSU procedures for transfer of credit and financial aid
    • Communication with host institutions, program sponsors, and serve as liaison to other CSU offices
    • Assistance with registration for the semester students return from abroad

The CSU Education Abroad fee is $600 per semester for all semester programs. The fee for summer and short-term credit-bearing programs is $400. The fee for short-term non-credit bearing programs is $300. The CSU Education Abroad Fee is billed to the student’s CSU account for each term he or she is abroad.

Colorado State University financial aid and many scholarships may be used to help pay for the costs of overseas study programs. In addition, many scholarship programs are available to qualifying students on a competitive basis.

CSU Education Abroad Scholarships

CSU Financial Aid

CSU Pre-departure Guide to Study Abroad

The Cycle of Education Abroad

Preparing for an Education Abroad Experience

Once your student as been accepted to an education abroad program we encourage you to work with them to talk about the paperwork they must complete and arrangements that must be made. This includes travel arrangements, visas, health and safety issues, payments for the program, accommodations, etc. Talk with your student and encourage them to obtain as much information about their requirements.

What’s Up With Culture

An interactive program to support and enhance an education abroad student’s ability to make successful cultural adjustments both before going overseas and upon return home from an education abroad program.

Their Time Abroad

Students go though a wide range of emotions once they leave home and begin to adjust to a new location, culture, and possible foreign language. Often, students may call or e-mail home during moments of low morale, but not when they are busy and things are going well. Because of this, families often picture a more negative situation than actually exists. These reactions are part of the normal process of going abroad. It is important for parents to understand what their child is going through and to be patient and supportive as their child adjusts to the new culture. Information about cultural adjustment and culture shock are available in the CSU Pre-departure Guide to Education Abroad and What’s Up With Culture.

Returning From Abroad

Once your student returns from abroad, they may experience stress of readjusting to life in the United States. Expect your student to have a period of transition upon return, sometimes lasting as long as the period he or she was abroad.

Return Shock: What’s Up With Culture

Returning Home

Get Involved at CSU


On-line Resources

CSU Parents and Family page

Surviving Re-entry: A Readjustment Manual for Parents

    (Courtesy of SIT Study Abroad)

Hardcopy Resources

Communicating with Strangers: An Introduction to Intercultural Communication

    by William B. Gudykunst and Young Yun Kim

American Cultural Patterns: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

    by Edward C. Stewart and Milton J. Bennett (Chapters 4 and 5, especially)

Survival Kit for Overseas Living

    by Robert Kohls

Trans-Cultural Study Guide

    by Grey Bryan, Ken Darrow, Dan Morrow & Brad Palmquist