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Information for Parents
Information for Parents

Information for Parents


Participating in a study away program can benefit your student's growth, professional development and academic goals. The study away process has multiple important phases, and it is never too early to start planning! 

As a parent or family member, you may have many questions when your student decides to study away. Parents are welcome to attend information sessions as well as pre-departure orientations.

Tips for Supporting your Student

Encourage your student to:

  • Participate in a study away information session - and attend with them! Sessions will allow you and your student to learn more about program options as well as the application process.
  • Stop in during our drop-in advising hours. Students with general questions about the study away process can stop by the Office of International Education to speak with a member of the study away team.
  • Search programs. Your student should spend time searching programs in order to identify a program or a couple of programs that interests them.
  • Schedule an appointment with the Study Abroad Advisor. Once your student has conducted research and identified their preferred program, they will want to set up a meeting to get program specific information. Meetings can be requested by emailing
  • Meet with their academic advisor. Planning is essential! Your student should meet with their academic advisor to discuss how their study away program fits within their academic plan.
  • Meet with the Office of Financial Aid. Have your student visit the Finanacial Aid Office to understand how their financial aid package applies to study away.
  • Explore scholarship opportunities. SUNY and Buffalo State offer scholarships for students participating on study away programs. There are also national scholarships that your student may be eligible to apply for.

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Study Away

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  South Wing 430 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6834 •  Fax: (716) 878-3054