Parents and Families

The Miami University Global Assistance Program provides support for students traveling in Miami faculty led programs, as well as for students abroad in exchange or direct enroll programs. Study abroad is one of the best ways students can develop: greater independence, maturity, and self-confidence; the flexibility to adapt quickly and creatively to unexpected developments and changing circumstances; and the ability to interact effectively with people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. Study abroad is not only exciting – it is an excellent investment, both short-term and long-term, in your child’s future. In study abroad, as in many other settings, participants have a major impact on their own health and safety through the decisions made before and during the program, and by their day-to-day choices and behaviors.

The Miami University Parent’s Office offers comprehensive resources for parents of Miami University students. With a good understanding of the vital role parents play in the college experience, they will partner with you to ensure your student’s success, and communicate your needs and concerns to the University administration.

We encourage parents to maintain lines of communication with students, and encourage students to take the lead role in the study abroad process, from application, through travel, and re-entry. Parents can help by recognizing that the student is at the helm of the journey. Parents and students should discuss communication expectations prior to the start of the program, with the understanding that it can be difficult to know where students are at all times, and keep track of the communication possibilities.

The Miami University Global Assistance Program staff is available for parent questions, comments, or concerns at any point before, during or after the student program. To reach a Miami University representative, you can call the University Police Dispatch, 24/7/365, at 513-529-2222, or contact the MU-GAP Coordinator.
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