Parents and Guardians
Why Should My Student Go Abroad?
Students who go abroad often are more:
- Marketable to employers post graduation
- Flexible and adaptable
- Sensitive, tolerant, and non-judgmental
- Mature, independent, self-reliant
- Confident and outgoing world travelers
Parent/Guardian Rights to Data and Communication
Drexel University adheres to the University’s policy regarding communication with parents under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: FERPA.
In keeping with University policy, Drexel University considers students to have primary responsibility for keeping their parents or guardians informed about their progress at the University including their enrollment in an international co-op program. As a result, program-related information and instructions will be sent directly to the student via his or her student email account. We encourage students to share this information with their parents or guardians.
Please review Drexel University’s FERPA policy.
Health & Safety
Steinbright is committed to ensuring that your student is prepared for his or her international co-op experience and that he or she is provided with the necessary tools while abroad. A Pre-Departure Orientation is held at Steinbright prior to the start date of co-op, and all accepted students are asked to attend to better prepare themselves for their departure. In addition, the International Co-op Team routinely monitors State Department travel warnings and has an emergency plan in place to ensure that students’ safety while abroad is paramount.
Drexel has a 24/7 emergency number: 215-895-2222
Students with Disabilites
Students who believe they require special assistance in the work place (prior to starting work) should contact Drexel University’s Office of Disability Resources to discuss options.
Students must have health insurance which provides coverage outside the U.S. In some countries, especially in Europe, students may be covered by a national insurance plan, but historically there have been significant gaps in the coverage. Therefore, students should review their existing U.S. health insurance plans to determine what coverage is provided outside the U.S.
Download some questions to ask your insurance provider.
Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Insurance
Medical evacuation and repatriation insurance is extra insurance, above and beyond one's regular health insurance plan. All students who are abroad are required to have this insurance.
If a student has purchased Drexel's Aetna Plan, this insurance is already included. If a student doesn't have Drexel's plan, he/she should ask his/her insurance carrier if it is provided (specifically medical evacuation/repatriation). If it is not, then students must purchase it from some source. One option would be to purchase On Call International through Drexel, a cost-effective plan.
Purchase Drexel's medical evacuation/repatriation insurance.
Compensation and Fees
There may be some program fees and jobs can be paid or unpaid. With our partner programs, program fees can cover airport pickup, housing, language training, and other cultural activities. Your student is responsible for all expenses associated with his/her international experience including such items as roundtrip airfare, health insurance, accommodations, local transportation and other living expenses. In some cases, employers may assist with airfare and housing. Additionally, students are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa which will allow them to work abroad.
All students who have been approved for international co-op, who have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and have submitted all required paperwork will be eligible for a financial award from Drexel. In addition, we encourage students to review in advance other avenues for funding such as scholarships, Drexel’s Corporate Partners Fund, etc.
Below are some suggested options:
- Cash: The least safe option. If it’s lost or stolen, it cannot be replaced. Charged a fee for converting to foreign currency.
- Credit Cards: Fairly safe. Students should call the credit card company to learn of fees and to notify them that they will be abroad and making purchases so the account is not deactivated.
- ATM/Debit Cards: Fairly safe. Check if originating bank has international partners to avoid fees. Withdrawing money through an ATM will give the best exchange rate for that day.
Before Leaving the Country
Students should make copies of:
- Visa and passport
- All credit cards: make sure the names, numbers and expiration dates are visible
- Driver’s license, student ID
- Medical insurance information
- Airline/transportation information
- Travel itineraries
Communication While Abroad
It is typically easy and cost effective for your student to purchase a phone while abroad and/or a local SIM card. Also, SKYPE via computer is often utilized. Students are encouraged to maintain contact with family and friends in the United States as well as the Steinbright Career Development Center throughout their time abroad.
Returning to the United States and Drexel University
Often, students need to re-adjust to their home culture after being abroad for several months. Steinbright offers re-entry workshops that focus on re-acclimating students back to campus life and all students who went abroad are strongly encouraged to attend. These workshops highlight topics such as: discussion about what was learned abroad, reverse culture shock, and career building discussions focusing on applying skills gained abroad to professional development going forward. Parents and guardians can help their student to readjust to life in the United States by discussing their abroad experiences.
Students who are abroad are considered full-time students of Drexel University. If students wishes to take courses while abroad, they can at their discretion but they should first discuss this with their academic advisors.
Steinbright Career Development Center
3201 Arch Street, Suite 250
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Steinbright Career Development Center is open Monday – Friday (8am – 5pm EST)