Welcome Parents! We are very excited that your son/daughter has chosen to study abroad. St. Norbert College offers students the opportunity to grow academically, personally, and professionally via more than 75 programs in 29 countries.
Information for Parents of Fall 2014 Study Abroad Students
In additional to the above resources, please review the general information (below) and the supplemental materials (to the right).
The following points outline common concerns that parents often have, in addition to useful tips. Please also be sure to consult the resources on the right, including the helpful Parent's Guide and the Study Abroad Handbook. You may find supplementary study abroad information on our About page and Resources & Links page.
• Students work closely with their academic advisor, a study abroad
advisor, professors in their major(s), and the Registrar to have courses
pre-approved before departure. Students generally take 15 to 16 credits abroad and can satisfy requirements for their major(s), minor(s), and/or
the General Education program while abroad, thus keeping them on-track for four-year graduation.
• Students earn equivalent credit when abroad, but grades are not
factored into their St. Norbert grade point average. Students must earn a
"C" or higher in order to receive transfer credit for their study abroad courses.
• The cost of studying abroad at St. Norbert College is straightforward. Regardless of the program that is chosen, students are charged St. Norbert tuition. Room and board are
charged at the St. Norbert rates only if housing and a meal plan are included in a
student's program. Students remain enrolled at St. Norbert College
when abroad and are billed through the St. Norbert College Finance Department. Reference the Finances page for more thorough information.
• Common additional costs include: a $400 administrative fee, airfare, passport, visa, and personal expenses abroad.
• Students are allowed to utilize all of their St. Norbert College financial aid, including scholarships, for one semester
of off-campus study. Tuition waiver students must select an exchange program in order to apply their waiver. Students planning to study abroad for two semesters must also choose at least one exchange program. Please see our About page for a list of exchange programs.
• Study abroad health insurance is mandatory for all students.
Students must take no action, as they are automatically enrolled.
• HTH Worldwide provides the study
abroad health insurance. The maximum medical benefit is $500,000 with no deductible. The policy includes such benefits as medical evacuation and Global Assistance Services. Please visit the HTH Parents web site for further information.
• After students are enrolled by the Study Abroad Office, they will receive an email from HTH Worldwide. Students must create an online account and print their insurance card from the HTH web site.
|Safety & Security
• Enrollment with HTH also includes Global Assistance Services. This
program immediately connects students to doctors, hospitals,
pharmacies, and other services if they are faced with a medical
• The Study Abroad Office values the health, safety, and security of each
and every student. The office monitors State Department travel alerts and travel warnings
on a daily basis. Students are not allowed to study in countries where there is a current U.S. Department of State travel warning in place.
• Students are made aware of health, safety, and security issues at their mandatory pre-departure orientation. Helpful tips, contact information, and policies are also outlined in the Study Abroad Handbook (linked above), which students are instructed to take abroad. Additionally, each student receives a Hot Sheet, which includes emergency information
for each program.
• The Study Abroad Office encourages students to register with the
U.S. Embassy in their study abroad country either before their departure.
||• The Study Abroad Office provides students with a high-level of personal
attention during the entire study abroad process: pre-departure,
abroad, and re-entry. We assist students in finding a program that
meets their academic and personal needs, guide them through the
application process, and prepare them before departure. Once abroad, we
ensure that each student's experience is rewarding. And upon their return, we
welcome students back to campus and assist them in articulating their
||• Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from their program site - both financially and logistically. Students will receive detailed arrival information from their study abroad advisor and/or their program abroad. For some programs, airport pick-up is available. If this option is not available, students will be advised on how to arrive to their program site. Be sure to consult our Travel 101 link on the Resources & Links page.
|Passport & Visa
||• While the Study Abroad Office offers guidance on passports and visas, students are ultimately responsible for obtaining a valid passport and the necessary visa required for study. Generally, students receive clear instructions that explain how to obtain a student visa.
• Each program varies with respect to room and board. Students are
generally housed in residence halls, in apartments, or with host
families. And, while some programs include a meal plan, others do not.
• Please consult each program's web page for more information. Search for a program.
|Responsibility for Learning
• A study abroad experience has amazing potential for personal, academic, and professional development. It is important to consider the following major principles of adult learning theory, which illustrate the importance of each student taking responsibility for his/her learning. Students must have a certain level of independence to be able to grow from the challenges of a study abroad experience.
• Adult learners are not likely to willingly engage in learning unless the learning is meaningful to them.
• Adult learners must be actively engaged in the learning process rather than passive recipients of knowledge.
||• Students are encouraged to inform their family members about their study abroad program, including information about: arrival and departure dates, personal contact information abroad, major travels, the study abroad health insurance plan, and emergency contact information.
• The best way to access funds while abroad is by using an ATM. Most
banks now charge a foreign transaction fee of 2-3% for each withdrawal.
Some banks also charge a non-bank ATM fee. Check with your bank for its
policies. Students are encouraged to secure a duplicate ATM card in the
event that their original card is lost, damaged, or stolen.
• Credit cards also
provide a good exchange rate but are also subject to foreign
transaction fees of up to 3%.Be sure to consult our Money Matters 101 link on the Resources & Links page.
• Students must notify their bank and
credit card issuers as to their travel plans so that their accounts are
not frozen due to suspicious activity abroad.
||• In the case of an emergency (or for travel purposes), we encourage parents to have a valid passport. More information can be found on the passport web page of the U.S. Department of State.
|Power of Attorney
||• The Study Abroad Office recommends that students grant Power of Attorney to their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) while abroad. For more information about Power of Attorney in the state of Wisconsin, please visit the web site of the Department of Health Services. If you reside outside of Wisconsin, simply search the Internet for the necessary policies and forms in your state.
|U.S. Department of State
• Each student receives a Hot Sheet with the contact information for the nearest U.S. Embassy. Students are encouraged to register with the U.S. Department of State before their departure.
• The web site of the U.S. Department of State includes various resources, including tips for traveling abroad, information on travel alerts and travel warnings, and document requirements.
• Office of Overseas Citizen Services (emergency only): 1.888.407.4747
Parent Guide (PDF)
Parent Guide (Word)
Pre-Departure Orientation PowerPoint (PDF)
Study Abroad Handbook (PDF)
Tuition Insurance Refund Plan
Wisconsin Power of Attorney
U.S. Department of State
For more information, contact:
Study Abroad Office
Center for International Education
O: Bemis | Third Floor
Dr. Rosemary Sands
Director of Study Abroad
O: Bemis 303
Contact Dr. Sands