- International Education’s Parent Guide to Study Abroad (Free download available in English and Spanish)
- U.S. Department of State USA Study Abroad Information for Parents
Selecting a Program
Opportunities to study abroad are also available to graduate students. Many NMSU education abroad programs are available to both to undergraduate and graduate students.
Cost & Funding
Short-term and summer programs are almost always cheaper overall than semester programs; however, semester and year-long programs typically provide a lot more value per dollar spent because students can earn two or three times as many academic credits.
Numerous Education Abroad scholarships provided by NMSU, program providers, the U.S. government, and other external sources are available as well. Review the Scholarships section of the website for a list of scholarship opportunities.
Preparing to Go Abroad
- U.S. Department of State – Visa, passport information, country data by destination. Find Travel Advisory and Alerts for any countries you will be visiting.
- Center for Disease Control – Health and immunization information.
- CIA World Factbook – Provides information on the history, people and society, government, economy, geography and more for 267 world entities. World Travel Facts and One-page Country Summaries sections offer a quick overview of each.
- Lonely Planet – Travel guide, buy the book or use their online resources. Learn about your city from seasoned world travelers. Their “IN DETAIL” section provides helpful information, from the best places to visit, history and more.
- Rick Steves’ Europe – Travel guide for Europe. Books, TV episodes (on demand), and online resources available.
- OANDA Currency Converter – Track exchange rates for your country’s currency. Alternatively, you may prefer to download a currency converter free app on your phone. Pro tip: download the currency you will be using to the app of your choosing, so you can quickly calculate the conversion even when you are offline.
- Foreign Newspapers – A directory of popular foreign newspapers
Health & Safety
It is important to discuss plans for communication with your student before they leave the country. The first step is to plan when and how your student will contact you upon arrival to their host country. Please note, your student may not be able to contact you as soon as their flight arrives in their host city. It may take several hours for your student to deplane, go through customs, and collect their luggage before they are able to contact you.
It is also important to have a system in place for getting in touch in case of an emergency. What is the best way for you to get in touch with your student and vice versa?
There are several options for communicating with your student during their time abroad:
We also urge families to be cognizant of the program schedule, academic assignments, final exams and planned group excursions. Your student will need to fully participate in the program and should not expect to be excused from obligations on-site when families visit. Additionally, families typically may not join official program activities.
We also recommend that students have access to a credit card in their name for large purchases and emergencies. If your student has never applied for a credit card, they may need your assistance with this process. Research the different credit card providers and be sure to learn if there are any fees to use it abroad and obtain a pin that they can use to withdraw money from ATMs.
Make sure to inform your bank that your student will be using his or her credit and ATM card abroad to avoid deactivation of the cards for irregular use. Check with the bank to determine the daily limit of funds received. Many U.S. banks also charge a transaction fee every time the card is used on a nonbank ATM. You might want to inquire if this fee could be waived when your student is studying abroad or check with your bank to see if they partner with any international banks where this fee is waived. It is also a good idea to confirm the withdrawal limit. If the withdrawal limit is low, it may be worthwhile to request an increase.