Overview and Resources

The Study Abroad Office (SAO) recognizes the important role parents, family, and friends play in a student’s international experience. Your support in this effort is crucial in ensuring your student’s success abroad. Our goal is to provide resources to help families best support and encourage your student before, during, and after their global experience. We encourage you to engage in open discussion with your student and utilize the resources available on our website.

We encourage students to begin researching study abroad opportunities as early as possible in their academic career at UNC. Our website and office provides numerous resourcs to allow them to explore program options, academic offerings, costs, and financial aid and scholarships. Students are encouraged to begin their search by attending a Study Abroad 101 session.

The SAO seeks to ensure that students who study abroad use the opportunity to learn about the many tasks and responsibilities that are integral to becoming a global citizen, someone who is confident in crossing national boundaries and living in different cultural contexts. To this end, we expect each student to accept responsibility for following all guidelines and procedures that are required for their study abroad experience. The SAO is here to help guide students through this process and encourages parents to support their student as theey assume responsibility for participation in the program. FERPA student privacy regulations prevent our staff from sharing specific information about students, so we encourage you to share your questions and concerns with your student, who can discuss them their Study Abroad Advisor.