The Alamo Colleges are proactive on the issue of student safety in the United States and abroad. In order to ensure that students and faculty understand this priority and are prepared to act accordingly, the study abroad office holds mandatory orientation sessions for all study abroad participants. Students and faculty are also given a study abroad instruction manual which contains information specific to their role in the program. Both the student and faculty manuals contain information about arrival procedures, emergency protocols, financial responsibility, and health and safety. No study abroad participant is allowed to leave the United States without first attending orientation.
While safety is priority for the Alamo Colleges, academic accountability is also important. Students who apply for a study abroad program undergo a rigorous interview process that includes review of their academic records. Students who are on academic probation or are experiencing extreme academic difficulty are restricted from program participation. Additionally, students who begin a program are expected to perform at academic standards commensurate with on-campus performance. Students must attend classes, complete homework assignments, take exams, and complete required reading during the entire period of their program. Participants failing to maintain academic and program requirements will be withdrawn from the study abroad program.
The goal of the study abroad office is to help students achieve a rewarding international learning experience that is transferrable to family and friends. Students are encouraged to share their daily activities with family and friends through social networking posts, blogs, photo slideshows, phone calls, and international postcards. Frequent communication helps both the student and student’s family have an enriching and satisfying study abroad adventure.
• For a list of required study abroad forms and other travel resources, visit the Alamo Colleges Travel Resources page.
• A Parent’s Guide to Study Abroad: Safety and Security
• Be aware of the most recent travel information and alerts by visiting the United States Department of State website.
• Discover the value of international education. Listen to the summer NPR report on college study abroad programs.