Resources for Parents
We congratulate you for supporting your son or daughter to study abroad. It is a selfless decision, as it is hard for anyone to send their loved ones away for several months or more at a time. Although it may be personally difficult to be separated for that amount of time, the experience your son or daughter is will gain while abroad will be something they will be able to benefit from for the rest of their lives.
It is also natural to have safety concerns about sending your son or daughter to live in a foreign country. Each of our international campuses has a Student Services staff whose goal is the well-being of each student at their campus.In order to assist parents and families in supporting their child while they are abroad and also understanding how studying abroad will affect the student before, during, and after the experience, the Office of Study Abroad provides the following resources.
- Parent Guidebook: What to know before they go (2015-2016)
- International Insurance and Prescriptions
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- Financial Aid & Scholarship Information
- Managing Money While Abroad
- Planning Your Finances While Studying Abroad
- Webster University Financial Aid Information
- Half the Luggage Double the Money: The Ultimate Student Guide to Financing Your Life Abroad
- How to Avoid Paying Bank Fees While Traveling
- Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Safety Abroad First Educational Travel Information
- An interactive list of all U.S. Embassies around the world from the U.S. Department of State
- When your student is abroad
- When your student returns home
If you are planning to visit your son or daughter while studying abroad, we recommend that you plan for a travel break when you are certain your daughter or son is free or after the semester ends, as students are otherwise very busy with their courses. Class attendance is strongly enforced and a large part of the student’s final grade. Below you will find a list of hotel accommodations close to student housing.
- Geneva Hotels
- Leiden Hotels
- London Hotels
- Thailand Hotel: Ms. Shylah Antone can arrange a corporate rate with Sheraton HuaHin booking for you at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vienna Hotels
The Office of Study Abroad in St. Louis has a very close working relationship with this staff at each campus, and is in daily contact and a phone's notice away. If any safety issue were to arise, we would know within a moment's notice. Overall, studying abroad will be a life changing experience and an adventure of a lifetime. We work full time to ensure each student has the opportunity for such an adventure. If you have any questions or concerns at any point of your son or daughter's study abroad journey, please don't hesitate to contact our office for assistance.