Communication Abroad

Often, many destinations abroad may lack amenities that we enjoy at home, such as consistent internet access and cellular phone coverage. Students may need to identify alternate means of communication, such as landlines and internet cafes. It is important to discuss with your student how often you expect to be in contact while he or she is abroad. Make sure your student has an easy way to contact you while abroad. Your student should know every possible way to contact you including home phone, work phone, cell phone, email address, etc. In the case of an emergency, students can call the WorldAware emergency phone line at +1 (312) 470-3108.

Cultural Adjustments

We advise students that adjusting to a new culture and re-entering their own is not always a seamless process. As parents, it is important that you are aware of the transition challenges your student may face. This might include a wide range of experiences and emotions that he or she must adapt to over a period of time—often longer than just a few days. However, though demanding, these potential cultural challenges will make your student's time abroad that much more memorable and rewarding.


The Global Experience Office is required to adhere to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). We recommend that you have your student contact the Northeastern Registrar’s Office on your behalf with Northeastern University so we may release information about your student if needed (particularly in an emergency situation).  Every student is required to indicate an emergency contact with our office. Encourage your student to make you that emergency contact.


Students are responsible for securing their own housing on a Study Abroad or Global Co-op program unless otherwise specified on their program. Students who participate in a Dialogue of Civilizations program will have housing provided in the program fee. For more information about housing abroad, please refer to each specific program page.

Financial Arrangements

The costs of study abroad programs are listed on the individual program pages or on the Finances section of the GEO website. All financial aid can be applied to semester and summer study abroad programs. Additionally, there are several scholarship, grant, and fellowship opportunities for which your student may apply. GEO Coordinators can assist with scholarship applications.


It is always a good idea to be up-to-date with immunizations, including a tetanus shot. Please refer to the CDC and the U.S. Department of State for further information on recommended or required inoculations specific to your student's host country.

Additional Tips

  • Photocopies: Keep a copy of your student’s travel itinerary, passport (color copy), visa (if applicable), and credit cards.
  • Money: Become familiar with the exchange rate of the country where your student will be located. This will aid in budgeting for living expenses. Before your student departs, you can also make arrangements for sending money in case of emergency.
  • Travel Registry: Make sure your student completes his or her "My Travel Plans" located on myNEU. This helps the university keep track of student travel and accommodations.  All students are required to enter their travel plans along with all other requested information in the Travel Registry in advance of any planned travel. Students failing to register may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.