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Information for Parents & Families onStudy Abroad

Study Abroad

Old Dominion University encourages all students to consider studying abroad for a summer, semester, or full year as part of their academic experience.


Is your student studying abroad?

Studying abroad is typically one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of a student's college career. Our office would like to thank you for supporting your student as he/she takes advantage of this amazing opportunity.

Our office supports students as they prepare to go abroad, while they are abroad and upon their return to campus. We encourage you to review our website to learn more about the various opportunities that are available for students as well as information on scholarships, passports, travel, health and safety.

If you are interested in reading more about the popularity of study abroad, some of the reasons to study abroad, the role of parents, health & safety issues and more, we encourage you to read William Hoffa's article "Advice for Parents: Frequently Asked Questions."

What to expect when your student returns home

Students typically experience a transition (reverse culture shock / reentry shock) when they return to the U.S. after their study abroad experience. Some students may experience a mild transition while others may experience a more difficult transition. We encourage you to read Dr. Bruce La Brack and Margaret D. Pusch's "Twelve Tips for Welcoming Returnees Home" in order to assist your student with his/her return to the U.S.