Students can feel overwhelmed by the idea of studying abroad, either because of the paperwork involved (e.g., application and/or visa process) or because of the enormous transition they are about to endure. As a parent, your support will help them feel more confident while embarking upon their semester abroad and again upon their return. Students will be filling out important documents and many times require a student visa to gain access to the country they will be studying in.
Although it is in your nature as a parent to assist your student, we strongly encourage you to allow your student to take initiative. While they are abroad, they will have to assume responsibility for themselves in ways they may not be used to, and by giving them the opportunity to practice before they leave, may help them better adjust to this independent way of living.
Of course, the Ithaca College Office of International Programs and Extended Studies, as well as the program provider, are always available to assist your student and to answer any question you may have.