Office of International Programs (OIP)

Parents: How you can help with Program Selection

Introducing Study Abroad

Program Selection

Privacy and FERPA

Health, Safety, and Security



As parents, you play a valuable role in encouraging and supporting your son or daughter in everything he/she undertakes, including study abroad. Below you will find a few suggestions on how you can assist your child in selecting and applying to a study abroad program.

Here鈥檚 how you can help your student select a program:


Read the Getting Started page with your son or daughter on SF State鈥檚 Study Abroad webpage.


While exploring the parents section, be sure to read Student Testimonials and view the Photo Essays that offer exciting accounts accompanied by amazing pictures. Caf茅 Abroad, a student-generated study abroad magazine, is another great resource with student articles from around the globe.


Once your son or daughter has read through the Getting Started page and attended an information meeting, discuss with him or her which program(s) fits them best academically and is right for him or her. The information meeting is designed to familiarize students with the different study abroad program options and help them begin their research focusing on the programs that best fits them academically. You and your student can search for programs by Major or by Country.


Review with your student their academic plan (that includes major, minor, and GE courses) for study abroad. The earlier students begin academic planning, the more likely they are to make the same or better progress towards graduation.


Have your son or daughter research funding options on the Study Abroad website under Scholarships and Financing and talk to the financial aid office (if applicable). Afterwards, it may be helpful to make a financial plan together. Remember, tuition will remain the same. What may change is the cost of housing and meals (which are frequently lower than the Bay Area or in a few cities higher) and additional travel expenses.


Discuss any questions or concerns you have with your son or daughter, who can then stop by the Study Abroad Office to meet with a Peer Advisor (another student who has already studied abroad) and/or the Study Abroad Advisor.


Encourage your son or daughter to apply! Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity to live and study in another country as well as enhance your child's learning, help him/ her grow as a person, and expand his/ her professional skills.

SF State Home