Calling & Visiting Your Student Abroad
It is best to have your student contact you when appropriate. The most efficient and cost effective way of doing this is by having your student purchase a calling card in their host country and use a public phone. Also, some students may want to consider renting a cell phone while abroad. A number of countries offer cell phone rentals, creating an option you may want to carefully explore.
You and your student should discuss visiting him/her abroad before his/her departure. Our recommendation is that you visit after the program has ended, before the student returns home. This way, your trip will be best enjoyed without any added pressures your student may face in school. In addition, students abroad often find themselves going through dramatic levels of personal growth and change while adapting to a new culture. Although you may have the best intentions not to interfere with your student's life in his/her new environment abroad, and he/she strongly wishes for you to visit, there is a possibility that your visit may interrupt that vital process and/or reset the progress they've made in adapting to their new surroundings. The Office for International Programs would be happy to speak with you further if you'd like advice about whether to visit your student abroad.