We’re excited that your student has decided to study abroad! Studying abroad is an enriching educational experience that exposes students to new ways of thinking and helps establish intercultural competence. Studying abroad also fosters students’ independence and personal accountability. Ultimately, it is each student’s responsibility to read all emails and pre-departure information, adhere to deadlines, and communicate with New School Study Abroad or Advising staff. However, we’ve prepared some frequently asked questions that may be helpful to parents before, during, and after your son or daughter studies abroad.
Studying abroad is a rewarding experience, allowing one to grow both personally and academically. Students gain cultural and historical knowledge and a new way to look at their world and themselves. Exposure to other cultures encourages students to embrace diversity and become more accepting and understanding of others.
Studying abroad teaches many skills that can’t be fully learned in the classroom, including independence, maturity, fluency in a foreign language, and self-accountability. Students often return from study abroad more confident and capable of dealing with challenges and opportunities in creative and productive ways.
Studying abroad also offers excellent professional experience. Employers are looking for applicants with demonstrated global awareness and communication skills, and having opportunities to collaborate and interact with students of other backgrounds is a valuable precursor to a professional career.
Study abroad options are available to suit almost any interest. Depending on their major, students may be able to study abroad for a semester or a full academic year. Short-term programs (winter and summer term) are also available.
For more information about the types of study abroad opportunities described below, see the list of study abroad opportunities.
The New School’s campus in Paris is open to Parsons students in certain majors and some Lang students.
The New School maintains many exchange agreements with universities around the world. Through these agreements, New School students are able to study abroad while maintaining student status (and financial aid) as a New School student.
Students can apply directly to an international university as a visiting student or participate in a program through a third-party study abroad provider (such as API, SIT, Sol Education Abroad, and many others).
The New School operates faculty-led short-term (two weeks to two months) programs throughout the world during the winter and summer terms. These credit-bearing classes are intended to expose students to a different culture through in-depth study in a short amount of time.
Remember, no matter which type of program your son or daughter plans to participate in, it’s essential for him or her to meet with an academic advisor during the planning process to ensure that the credits earned abroad are approved to apply toward their degree. Not all programs are available to all majors.
Studying abroad can be much more affordable than many people imagine. Students who study abroad at Parsons Paris or at an exchange partner school continue to pay New School tuition and keep their financial aid package. Students who study abroad through direct application or a third-party provider pay tuition directly to that school or provider.
It is always important that students budget correctly. We recommend that all students meet with a Student Financial Services counselor to discuss financial aid options at the beginning of the study abroad planning process. The sooner students meet with Student Financial Services, the better they and their parents can plan for the costs associated with studying abroad. Your student should email
firstname.lastname@example.org, call 212.229.8930212.229.8930, or visit 72 Fifth Avenue to speak with Student Financial Services about his or her aid package in preparation for studying abroad.
Many external scholarships for study abroad exist. These scholarships can assist with tuition, housing, and sometimes even costs related to travel. See the Financing Study Abroad link on this Study Abroad website for more information about scholarships relating to study abroad.
With proper planning, studying abroad will not delay a student’s graduation plans. Approved study abroad programs are intended to fit seamlessly into a student’s academic experience, and the credits earned while abroad will apply to the student’s degree requirements. Many majors can study abroad for an entire year and still graduate on time. The New School also offers short-term programs (in the winter or summer terms) for students who prefer not to spend a full semester away from The New School.
Students must speak with their academic advisor before committing to a study abroad program to ensure that the program and the credits they will earn are approved and apply to their degree.
Student safety is of the utmost importance. Although no one can guarantee safety, The New School has health and safety measures in place and monitors developments in the countries where our students are abroad.
All New School students who study abroad are enrolled in On Call. Students can contact On Call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for assistance with emergency situations. On Call can provide services including health, safety, and security advice; connect students to credentialed medical providers; arrange for medical supplies or equipment; arrange for transportation if local care is inadequate or safety is at risk; and provide legal assistance or travel advice regarding the loss of travel documents. Students can call (collect) 1.603.952.2072, email email@example.com, or text 1.603.945.0103 to reach On Call. This information is provided to students in their pre-departure information.
We encourage parents and students to familiarize themselves with and monitor the political, economic, and social climate of their host country before departure and during study abroad. Although it is not required, we also encourage parents to obtain a passport before their son or daughter goes abroad to facilitate travel on short notice in the event of a child’s medical emergency.
The New School takes student safety and health seriously and follows established procedures in emergency situations to protect and assist students.
Yes; New School students studying abroad are eligible to remain enrolled in The New School’s health insurance plan. Students may waive coverage through The New School policy only if they show proof of alternative coverage. Please note that students who study abroad in the fall semester and wish to reinstate The New School health insurance policy for the spring semester must show proof of terminated alternative coverage for the fall semester. Students studying abroad in the spring semester can waive the health insurance policy for spring only if they also waived it for the fall semester.
Please also note that all students studying abroad will be charged the Student Health Services fee. This fee is mandatory for all undergraduates enrolled in six or more credits and all students enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan, regardless of their location of study and whether the student has personal health insurance. This fee includes a Basic Accident Plan (Plan 1) required by the university. The Basic Accident Plan covers students worldwide with up to $10,000 per occurrence. For more information, contact Student Health Services at 212.229.1671212.229.1671 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study abroad is a rewarding and life-changing experience, but re-adapting to the United States after such an experience can be challenging for students. SIT Study Abroad has prepared a helpful handbook for parents, which we recommend reading.
FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. FERPA guidelines protect the legal right to privacy for students aged 18 and older. This means that New School staff are prohibited from sharing any student information with anyone other than the student. In case of an emergency, we will follow the
procedures outlined on our “Safety and Health Information” page on this website, but we are not permitted to communicate information about your student in non-emergency situations.
Parents can use The New School’s Parent and Family Experience website to request a FERPA waiver from their student, which would permit the university to share the limited information below:
We are here to assist and support your student. We’re available to answer questions and address concerns. We encourage your student to email us directly at
email@example.com, especially in light of FERPA restrictions and the excellent opportunity to develop personal accountability that direct contact affords.