Resources for Parents-Study Abroad - Carnegie Mellon University

Resources for Parents

Although students are typically the primary decision-makers when it comes to study abroad, you are an important part of a network of support for Carnegie Mellon students who study abroad. 

We hope to meet you during one of several study abroad information programs throughout the academic year.  For instance, during April Yield for new incoming undergraduates, parents meet with study abroad advisors to learn the basics and to have questions answered.  Each Fall, Family Weekend includes an information session and a Study Abroad Fair.  Program providers who attend the Fair are a good resource for students and families.   Also, the Study Abroad website and library (Warner Hall, 3rd Floor) offer helpful information.  Interested parents can support study abroad initiatives through the purchase of attractive study abroad notecards, available for sale at the campus bookstore.

The primary concerns of many parents are (1) the cost of study abroad and (2) safety. These issues also concern us, and we hope that our website will answer some of your basic questions about study abroad at Carnegie Mellon.  You will be glad to know that  pre-departure orientation sessions are required for all students prior to going abroad and provide fundamental health and safety guidance.  And, each student completes an emergency contact form to ensure ease of contact, if necessary.   The study abroad staff is available to address these and other relevant questions. 

Most Carnegie Mellon students who study abroad do so for credits within their major or minor and report significant growth in the areas of personal, language, and cultural development.    We hope that parents will also take advantage of this formative experience in students’ lives to learn something new and interesting along the way.

Welcome to the study abroad family at Carnegie Mellon!