Information For Parents

Welcome Parents!

Studying abroad empowers students to engage in a life-changing opportunity by providing students with real-world experience, knowledge and cultural awareness. Globalized Citizen’s Study Abroad Programs are designed to differentiate your student by providing international experience through company visits, networking opportunities, workshops, and cultural tours.

Students who study abroad have a significant higher probability of gaining valuable skills, getting accepted into graduate school, and landing employment after graduation.

Remarkable Facts

  • 97% of study abroad students found employment within 12 months of graduation, when only 49% of college graduates found employment in the same period. That means they were twice as likely to find a job. Among study abroad alumni, 90% landed a job within 6 months.
  • 25% higher starting salaries: that's how much more study abroad students earn than those college graduates who do not study abroad. This equates to approx. $7,000 annually for US students and maintaining this earning advantage translates to earning an extra $567,500 over one's career in the US.
  • 90% of study abroad alumni who applied got into their 1st or 2nd choice grad school.
  • 84% of study abroad alumni felt their studies abroad helped them build valuable skills for the job market.
  • 80% of study abroad students reported that study abroad allowed them to better adapt better to diverse work environments.
  • 70% of study abroad alumni claimed that because of study abroad they were more satisfied with their jobs.
  • 100% greater improvement in GPA post-study abroad. Student GPAs tend to rise as they approach the completion of their undergraduate degree. Students who studied abroad saw their GPAs rise twice as quickly as a result of going abroad compared to students who stayed in town according to a Georgia study.
  • 96% of study abroad alumni claimed an increase in self-confidence attributed to study abroad.

Expectations

Our Promise

  • Globalized Citizen’s staff and support are committed to providing high quality services and programs. All study abroad programs include online and on-site assistance and guidance for our travelers in the destinations offered.
  • Globalized Citizen aims to educate students academically and culturally, pushing them outside of their comfort zones. Our programs and adventures have all been designed with the goal of providing our travelers with a broader vision of a region and a more wholesome view of the world and its peoples.
  • Globalized Citizen will only place students in accommodations that have been thoughtfully selected on the basis of quality, safety, and convenience. Safety can never be completely guaranteed, but Globalized Citizen thoroughly investigates and monitors each accommodation to ensure that risks are mitigated.
  • Globalized Citizen will be in continuous communication with students throughout the study abroad experience which includes pre-departure, main program, and post-program. We will also keep in continuous communication with students’ home education institution.
  • Globalized Citizen will monitor potential social and political unrest abroad and will provide support and instructions to keep our travelers and students safe. We will also notify students’ home education institution of Globalized Citizen’s monitoring and handling of matters on-site.
  • In case of emergencies, Globalized Citizen support from the US is available for contact at (888) 725-8824
  • Globalized Citizen will seek to empower our travelers and students to handle most situations on their own, but may choose to involve parents/guardians during emergencies. Parents can expect support and timely responses whenever they seek out Globalized Citizen’s support staff in emergency situations.

Parent / Guardian Involvement

  • Prior to program departure, discuss goals and expectations with students about what they want to get out of the program and what they wish to gain from this experience. Keep in regular contact during the study abroad program to monitor progress.
  • Understand the basic itinerary and how it will impact the students’ academics upon their return.
  • Review our “Before You Go” checklist prior to departure with the student. Take the opportunity to explore the Globalized Citizen website, social media, and blogs to fully understand the study abroad experience and the Globalized Citizen policies and values.
  • A few months prior to departure, assist students with financing and budgeting concerns.
  • Have a sincere discussion on safety and behavioral issues. Speak about the use of illegal drugs and alcohol while abroad as it is the number one factor in on-site emergencies and personal crisis abroad.
  • Establish a means of communication while abroad. Plan for regular contact with the student and establish the importance of the first call home upon arrival and return!
  • Encourage students to be open and honest about issues and concerns to you and the Globalized Citizen staff. This may include concerns about roommates, academic progress, cultural adjustments, etc. The Globalized Citizen staff’s number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students and travelers.
  • Understand how FERPA laws can affect what information universities and Globalized Citizen can and cannot share with parents and legal guardians. There are certain legal protections regarding the release of education history and personal information for adult participants that Globalized Citizen cannot release or share without proper legal authorization.
  • Encourage the student to take the lead on planning and preparing for their time abroad. Provide support in the times of inevitable challenges while adjusting abroad but allow this time for the student to learn, adapt, and grow to the fast-paced environment that the Study Abroad Programs offer.
  • Discuss any independent travel plans and activities not included in the Globalized Citizen Study Abroad Program. Encourage informing the Globalized Citizen staff of such travels so we can arrange as much assistance and resources available to our teams to make transitions as smooth as possible.

Health Safety

Questions of health and safety are treated with the utmost care by Globalized Citizen and its staff, both in the United States and abroad. In the preparatory phases of the study abroad process, we encourage all students and their parents to carefully think through the implications of studying in another country, not only in regard to academic concerns, but also in terms of the emotional and physical demands that will be placed on the student participant.

Prior to departure, Globalized Citizen requires its students to complete a health, safety, and general emergency preparedness course. Students are asked upon application to provide detailed medical and health concerns. This information better equips our on-site staff to handle health emergencies that may be specific to individual student travelers.

The Pre-Departure Courses are also designed to provide the students with essential information on how to recognize dangerous situations, staying healthy and active, specific cultural differences, and general materials and resources to prepare students for their experiences abroad.

Emergency Contact Info

True Emergencies warrant a phone call. Please do not send emails or Facebook messages during emergencies. Email and Facebook messages are not always checked on weekends or after normal business hours. The Globalized Citizen support staff may choose to call the parent/guardian in the case of emergencies. Please be aware that emergencies can happen at any point in the day and Globalized Citizen support staff may use their discretion as to when they should reach out for parent/guardian involvement.

Participants abroad are instructed to contact their on-site Globalized Citizen coordinator immediately in the event of an emergency.

Individuals not currently abroad or family members/friends who need to report a emergency should call the Globalized Citizen support staff at (888) 725-8824.

Globalized Citizen Safety Features

Safety is Globalized Citizen’s number one priority. From pre-departure to post-program, Globalized Citizen emphasizes the importance on the research and knowledge of basic safety information related to the host country.

The Pre-Departure Course ensures that students are well prepared and well versed in the basic health and safety information and precautions before they begin their experience abroad.

Appropriate housing and activities are selected with quality, safety, and convenience in mind. All Globalized Citizen program details, from destinations to accommodations and activities, have been designed with safety as our first consideration. All housing locations are selected in areas of low crime and have been researched thoroughly by the Globalized Citizen staff.

Globalized Citizen Staff and representatives will be present and available throughout the Study Abroad Program. All of Globalized Citizen’s highly qualified and experienced English-speaking staff are responsible for essential health and safety duties, including:

  • Informing participants of safety and security procedures and policies
  • Maintaining a list of trusted medical resources and contacts in proximity to the on-site campus
  • Accompanying participants to doctors as needed
  • Being available for contact through cellular networks or through Internet supported communication systems
  • Responding and supporting all on-site emergencies 24/7
  • Maintaining and updating emergency contact information

Upon timely arrival, on-site transportation and orientation services will be provided. During the initial 24 hours upon the official start of the program, a mandatory orientation will be held to review safety and health information, remind participants of cultural taboos and differences, and begin establishing a personal relationship with all participants to encourage an open and honest environment. Throughout the study abroad experience, on-site staff will convey to participants what practices can be dangerous, which areas on the city are best avoided, and provide updated contact information for accommodations, local authorities and police, fire and 911 services, etc.

Globalized Citizen will intervene when students are at risk of harm. We will respond and assist participants in the following scenarios:

  • Emergency Illness/injury and accompany participants to the doctor’s office/hospital for emergency treatment
  • Drug use or alcohol abuse
  • Theft or assault
  • Housing or excursion violations (e.g., parties, overnight guests, risk of damage of accommodation property, irresponsible inebriation that affects academics and transportation)
  • Academic issues
  • General misbehavior and disruption of group activities
  • Housing concerns
  • Non-emergency illness or visit to the doctor’s office/hospital for non-emergency treatments

If a student is faced with an incident that represents a serious health risk or jeopardizes the continued participation of the Globalized Citizen program, parents/guardians may be notified.

It is common for travelers to fall ill while abroad due to environmental changes. New food and water systems and levels of stress may present a factor in these common illnesses. Globalized Citizen staff are well trained to respond to these types of illnesses but participants may request additional medical attention.

During any emergency affecting one or more individual participants, Globalized Citizen maintains regular communication with all involved parties (e.g., participants, victims and families) and home university officials as appropriate. Though not a university, Globalized Citizen strives to comply with best practices and federal regulations and policies mandated for U.S. universities, to ensure the utmost health, safety and privacy of our participants.

During any emergency affecting the entire Globalized Citizen group, pre-established communications through SMS, Facebook, and emails have proven to be most effective, efficient, and time sensitive. Such communication details will be discussed repeated during orientation and throughout the Globalized Citizen Study Abroad experience.

Parent's Checklist

Parents, use the checklist below to help prepare your student for their international experience. Additional content is provided in the Pre-Departure course your student will take after enrolling into a program. If you have any questions, please contact us.

  1. Obtain a passport
  2. Submit Visa Application and/or necessary Immigration Paperwork if applicable
  3. Complete all Globalized Citizen applications and forms
  4. Pay any remaining balances on the account
  5. Complete all home university’s applications, requirements, and balances
  6. Review budgeting and financing for spending money on-site
  7. Make plans for communication. Be aware that some mobile apps and websites may not work in certain countries
  8. Pack wisely. We encourage researching the local weather patterns
  9. Prepare to experience new cultures and environments with an open mind and a positive attitude

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Accommodations: throughout program at a 3-4 star hotel (double occupancy). Private room upgrades available upon request.
  • Excursions & Activities :Full-day excursions, entrance fees, local guides
  • Ground Transportation: All transportation as referenced in the pre-departure itinerary. Including transportation to host university, included activities, company visits, and airport transfers during scheduled transfers.
  • Meals: Hotel breakfasts, school lunches, orientation/farewell dinners
  • Host Tuition: Professor lectures, workshops, keynote speakers and company visits
  • Health & emergency evacuation insurance
  • Program directors & staff on-site 24/7

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