Dear Family & Friends,
There is nothing like sending your student off on the study abroad adventure – as you are no doubt filled with excitement, pride and anxiety! We share your enthusiasm, since we know that study abroad transforms lives, reveals the world to students, and prepares them for the workplace and life. As the Office of International Programs, our goal is to assist your child in having the experience of a lifetime; though, we hope to help you enjoy this experience, too! Listed below are a few suggestions concerning cultural awareness, communication, and safety to assist you through this adventure. Throughout the process, if you should have any additional questions or concerns, please refer to the resources and links below or contact our office.
Here are a few additional key points to know about your student studying abroad:
Academic Progression Students can earn just as many credits during their term abroad as they can on campus. So studying abroad does not necessarily mean the student will fall behind academically. There are programs for all academic and career paths. Credits can fulfill electives, major-related courses, or minor-related courses depending on the program. There are summer, semester, and academic year long programs- ranging from two weeks to nine months abroad. Your student can meet with an Academic Advisor prior to choosing a study abroad program to help determine which classes are needed to graduate on time and when is the best time for them to go abroad.
Led By Program Director Clayton State Study Abroad Programs are led by an on-site Program Director, who is also a professor at Clayton State. The programs have been created by academic departments at Clayton State. However, our students may choose to participate in Non-CSU study abroad programs. The Office of International Programs is here to help students realize all the opportunities available to them and decide which program is the best fit for them.
Finances Planning early is the key to making study abroad financially feasible. For students participating in a CSU-sponsored study abroad program, students are responsible for Clayton State tuition, study abroad program fee, and the CSU card and technology fee. For students participating in a non-CSU program, students will be responsible to pay any tuition and fees required by the program they are participating in. These prices, of course, do vary considerably.
Financial aid, including HOPE, is applicable to study abroad. Students should go to the Financial Aid Office to request the necessary paperwork. If they have additional questions, they should ask to speak to a financial aid advisor.
All Clayton State students should apply to the Clayton State STARS Scholarship program. Applications can be obtained online at the website. The scholarship is open to all Clayton State University students enrolled in a degree-seeking program and applying to an accredited study abroad program.
Communication In order to keep in touch while your student is abroad, postal mail, telephone, fax and email are all available means. Though prices may vary, services work very similar to those in the United States. We encourage students to contact their families as soon as possible after arrival, but understand that this may not always be possible. We recommend you establish a scheduled means of communication with your student prior to his/her departure or soon after arrival. Planning a day and time at which you will contact (each week, month, etc.) will ensure that both parties are available and remain in contact. To read additional state information and advice concerning safety and travel please refer to the link above.
Security At this time of heightened awareness concerning security issues, we want to assure you that Clayton State University Office of International Programs regularly monitors international security. We inform students immediately of changes in the international security environment. Students should know where the U.S. consulate is located within their host country, and should exercise good judgment when getting involved in local activities. We recommend you and your child is aware of current events in the world. If you have any questions for more information go to CSU Office of International Programs, UC 204, or email PaulMelvin@clayton.edu.
We will continue to work with your student throughout the duration of the program to ensure that he/she is having the best possible study abroad experience. There is much to learn and to discover in the world! This adventure will provide your student with a greater understanding and appreciation for other countries, cultures, traditions and people – it will be invaluable throughout his/her life. Again, if you should have any additional questions or concerns, please contact our office at (678) 466-4090.
Clayton State University Office of International Programs