Q: What can parents do to prepare their child for studying abroad?
A: “I think their support and their openness to a process is probably the first step,” says Michael Ciuni, director of the Center for Global Citizenship at Hathaway Brown. “We talk about what our expectations are for ourselves, for the group and for the place we’re going to. We talk about what kind of travelers we are. We talk about ways to socially and emotionally take care of yourself while you’re abroad. I think it’s great that they’re going to learn about the places they’re going, but I think it’s also great that we put them in a position to learn some things about themselves as they challenge themselves in these places. There’s this tremendous buildup of preparation, work and camaraderie that comes with it. It’s from outside of their course schedules. The parents see that their kids are doing all this work”