Global Engagement (留学和留学美国) is an enriching opportunity for your student to develop intercultural humility, agency, resourcefulness, 以及对全球系统的理解.  学生的父母和家庭是他们成功的关键因素.  Below are ways you can best support your student as they work through the entire process, 从探索到回归.

Explore

During the ‘Explore‘ stage, families should engage with their students to help identify the best program for them as a family. Elon offers a tremendous variety of programs of varying lengths, costs and requirements. 一些注意事项包括:

  • 我的学生毕业后的目标是什么?
  • 银河游戏app一家人能负担得起什么?
  • 各种项目都包括什么?
  • 我的学生可以在这个项目上获得多少学分?
  • 银河游戏app一家人能忍受学生离开多久?
  • 我的学生有第二语言背景吗?
  • 银河游戏app有什么健康和安全的顾虑或需求?
  • 什么额外的资金是可向我?

A student who is prepared to discuss these considerations will have a much more productive experience with the 全球教育中心. At this stage we also encourage families to check the validity of their student’s passport. If your student does not currently have a passport that will be valid at least six months after their planned return from abroad, 鼓励他们去申请一个新的.

GEC的网站上有各个项目的信息, 而每个阶段的学习过程都是为学生准备的. If your student has questions, encourage them to set up an appointment with an advisor. 可以打电话预约 .

Plan

Once a student’s direction begins to take shape, a student can begin to plan for the experience. 在此期间需要考虑的一些问题是:

  • 学生离开校园的最佳时间是什么时候?
  • What are the implications of study away on my housing and meal plan when I return?
  • Do I need to alter my graduation plan to incorporate my study away plans?
  • 什么时候是申请我的项目的最佳时间?
  • 是否有我需要注意的奖学金截止日期?

计划是学习过程的关键, 因为糟糕的计划会给学生和家庭带来麻烦. For instance, many families of students who are away for a semester have to pay rent on a leased apartment while the student is away. Good planning and communication between students and families can help avoid such a situation.

Apply

GEC提供了大量不同的程序类型, 每一种类型的应用需求都是不同的. Generally speaking, students may only apply for one program at a time for any one specific term. Once the application is complete, GEC staff will evaluate the application and assign a status.

Several statuses, 有条件接受或有条件批准, 可能会要求学生完成额外的要求. A checklist with required elements and deadlines will be added to each individual’s application homepage. It is important that students take full responsibility for their applications, 最后期限和任何必需的元素.

Please review the Apply 网页以获取更多详情.

Prepare

Once accepted into a program, students will participate in a variety of preparatory activities. Students participating in Semester or Summer term programs will be provided with the dates of general and program specific orientations. 所有课程指导都必须出席. 冬季学期的学生将有一个秋季预备研讨会. The dates and class meeting times for the Fall Preparatory Seminars are listed on the individual program pages.

家庭在婚礼上应该考虑的一些问题Prepare‘ phase include:

  • 学生在国外的时候,沟通是什么样的?
  • 银河游戏app家独立旅行和消费的预算是多少?
  • 这些钱是从哪里来的?
  • 银河游戏app对东道国的了解是否如银河游戏app所愿?

The GEC offers many preparing for departure resources for families on our Prepare pages. The time just before departure is stressful for both students and parents. During this time, students may be excited, frazzled or jittery to start their program. 你可能需要让你的学生冷静下来,让他们安心学习, though challenging, 是不是不可能做到.

Remind your student to pack only what they will need for their time away. They are responsible for carrying their own luggage from the airport to their accommodations, and they should make sure that they are able to pick up and move their luggage by themselves.

  • Ask your student for a copy of their flight itinerary and their passport.
  • 确保你的学生已经下载了Alert Traveler应用程序.
  • 对于学期项目的参与者, 确保您的学生已经下载了My SSP (Morneau Sheppell)应用程序.

Go

While your student is away, it’s important that you support your student. They will experience a number of highs and lows as they adjust to their new environment (even within the borders of the United States). 这种调整的过山车般的经历被称为文化冲击.

Culture shock encompasses the range of good and bad days/experiences that can be bewildering for both the student and observers. How long and how strongly a student experiences culture shock varies from individual to individual. 当一个学生在文化冲击中经历了糟糕的一天, 鼓励你的学生走出去,探索当地的环境, 或者尝试他们从未做过的事.

Journaling is a great way for students to track their emotions and feelings. If your student does journal, tell them to write down both the good and the bad while abroad. 提醒你的学生他们在国外学习, but should take advantages of the opportunities present in another country.

It is not uncommon for students to experience bumps in the road aside from their experiences with culture shock. 就像学生第一次上大学一样, there may be adjustments or challenges related to things like housing and courses. 在这段时间里,学生和家庭很容易感到沮丧. Please encourage your student to make sure they are using the resources available to them on site, namely the staff, 并对整个过程保持耐心.

Return

Once your student returns 从他们的任期开始,他们将经历一个调整期. 在此期间,你的学生可能会经历反向文化冲击.

Reverse culture shock may cause students to compare everything to the location they stayed in during their term away. 学生们可能会在家里情绪波动,感到无聊. The length of the reverse culture shock period depends on the individual, how long they were abroad and how frequently they were in communication with people at home. Your student will gradually adjust to being home and should use their experience and skills gained abroad to get involved at Elon, 或者寻找其他国际机会. Encourage your student to market their experience abroad to gain an internship or job.

作为父母或监护人, it is important to realize that the student you send away will probably not be the same when they return. 不管节目的长度或地点, Elon global engagement provides students the opportunity to expand their perceptions and knowledge. Celebrate the change in your student and encourage them to continue growing intellectually and emotionally.

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