Preparing to Go Abroad

Useful information and links that will assist you and your child as they prepare to go abroad.

Planning Timeline

Students typically study abroad during the fall or spring semester of their junior year depending on their major. We do recommend that students meet with their faculty advisor early to discuss how an abroad program might fit into their four-year plan. 

Important Forms

Students participating in an abroad program are required to complete a variety of forms, including an Emergency contact information form, Travel Agreement and Statement of Responsibility, Medical Form and Acknowledgement of Risk and General Release FormForms

Study Abroad Handbook

Parents and students are strongly encouraged to read the Study Abroad Handbook for specific information on studying abroad. View the handbook

Upcoming Events

Encourage your son or daughter to attend events on campus to gather information and speak with the International Programs Staff. The Office of International Programs hosts an annual study abroad fair and informational sessions are held throughout the year.


Students who are approved to study or intern abroad are billed for current Stonehill current tuition and Stonehill standard-double room and board (if applicable). There is a $375 study abroad fee for all programs, although the fee is waived during the second semester for students who study for a full year in the same location. Please be aware that additional costs may exist depending on the particular program. It is important to review this information prior to committing to a program. Tuition, fees and aid

Money Matters Abroad

Planning for access to funds while abroad can vary depending on the host country, travel plans, and the local banking system. Students should research their country and consult with their U.S. bank prior to departure. ATM machines are generally available worldwide, but it is important to confirm with your bank that the ATM card will work outside of the US. Your bank should also be notified prior to departure to avoid a hold on the account due to "suspicious" international activity. Additionally, U.S. banks usually charge a transaction fee for overseas use of ATMs. Students should check directly with their bank to see if international ATM access is possible and precisely what fees are assessed per transaction.

Parents often wonder how much spending money their son or daughter should take. There is no definitive answer, as it depends on the host country, your child's spending habits and extent of additional travel. Some items to consider are travel, entertainment, toiletries, extra meals, clothing, etc. It may be beneficial to discuss these expenses with your child prior to departure and agree upon a set budget.

Telephone Access

Telephone access while abroad will vary depending on the location. In general, locally purchased phone cards and cell phones are more practical and economical than U.S. long-distance calling cards. However, you may want to make sure that your son or daughter has an international calling card so that they can call home easily, especially upon arrival. Students should be certain to carry along the appropriate access code.

Culture Shock

Nearly every student participating in an international program experiences some form of culture shock. Being part of a new cultural context will bring about challenges and each student differs in how they adjust to everyday situations, communication barriers, living situations and learning settings. Becoming acclimated and adjusting to new surroundings takes time and this may be recognizable to you as you communicate with your son or daughter. Your communication and support is important as your child goes through the different stages of culture shock and readjustment. Prior to going abroad, the Office of International Programs holds a mandatory pre-departure meetings which give students additional information about culture shock and cultural readjustment.