For Families

​​​Studying abroad can give your student a major advantage when it comes to applying for jobs, graduate programs and internships. In today's global society, more and more employers are looking to hire graduates who have demonstrated cultural competency, communication skills and adaptability.

Studying abroad doesn't have to be expensive! We offer tuition exchange programs that allow students to pay regular CMU tuition.​ In addition, a number of low-cost programs are available.

There are plenty of ways to help fund study abroad.  Students can start by letting their study abroad advisor know that they are seeking an affordable program.  Visit our funding page with information about scholarships available on campus and nationally. 

Students who receive financial aid through CMU are usually able to use their financial  aid toward study abroad costs. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid also takes into consideration additional costs to study abroad such as airfare, passport, and any added academic and living costs (note:  personal/vacation cannot be considered).  Talk to an advisor about financial aid eligibility, including scholarships and loans.

Your student's health and safety while abroad is our number one concern. The Office of Global Engagement strives to keep students informed about safety matters. However, recent world events make it necessary for students to also take responsibility for their own safety, to stay informed and make wise decisions. You can find the information and resources about staying healthy and safe while studying abroad on our health and safety webpage.

Our top priority is to make sure your student leaves the country with as much knowledge and preparation as possible and returns with education and experiences that will last a lifetime. Students are required to complete the study abroad orientation program. Support from parents during this process is vital, and we encourage you to browse our website and familiarize yourself with our office and the study abroad program.

Safe Arrival

You will certainly want to know that your student arrived safely.  It will best to keep a copy of the itinerary and track the flight on the airline's website to see that it has landed.  

Immediately upon arrival, phone calls, texts, Facebook or other forms of communication may not be readily accessible.  Please allow 24-48 hours for your student to arrive at the host institution, set up internet access, and be in touch with you.