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A Memorable and Rewarding Experience!


Studying abroad can be the most memorable and rewarding experience of a student’s college career.  Young people have the potential for incredible cultural, intellectual, and personal growth.  Students who return from studying abroad often report having a greater perspective on the world, feeling more independent, gaining self-confidence, and becoming more competitive for the job market.  In sum, they thrive like never before! 

As a parent, you have the opportunity to share in their excitement and to learn from their international experiences, but we realize that you may also have many questions and concerns about your son or daughter’s semester abroad.


Our Student-Centered Philosophy

It is important for both students and parents to realize that the entire process of studying abroad is a learning experience.  With this in mind, please encourage your student to take personal responsibility in handling as many matters as possible independently, as an important preparatory step for this undertaking.   This may include such lengthy and detailed preparatory processes as obtaining a visa, which, in dealing with a foreign consulate in the United States, often provides a student’s first exposure to the new culture, and therefore, is an important learning experience.  Our office aims to communicate as much as possible directly with the student, since s/he will be the individual responsible for herself/himself in a foreign country.  Therefore, we respectfully request that parents share their questions and concerns with their son or daughter and allow the student to communicate those questions and concerns to the Education Abroad staff.  In many cases, Federal Law (FERPA) prevents us from sharing information about students with their families.  

Temple University strives to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to gain independence, and study abroad is an integral part of this process.  If you have questions about this process, we encourage you to communicate with your student.  You may also wish to further explore this website, where we address issues of particular concern to parents including safety, health and insurance, cultural adjustment, and practical matters.  You may also want to download a copy of a program brochure, read about us and review our mission statement.  If, after talking with your student and reading this site, you still have questions, please feel free to contact our office.

Temple University has been involved in international education since the inception of the Temple-in-Paris program in 1950. We are dedicated to offering students a wide range of study abroad options and to providing programs that incorporate the location as an integral part of the classroom.  Read more about our offerings by visiting the programs section.