Tips for parents
If your child is considering an exchange for a semester, or even a whole year abroad, this information may help you feel confident in their decision. We acknowledge that sending your child off overseas can be scary. An overseas exchange might be the first time they've travelled without you, or it might be the first time they've been overseas at all.
But studying overseas is an exciting opportunity. Your child will experience new cultures and languages, eat things they've never tried before, make new friends and have fun. But importantly they'll gain a valuable international perspective in their studies and forge global career connections.
We've compiled this list of tips to help prepare you and your child for the exciting adventure ahead.
Your number-one concern about allowing your child to take part in study overseas is likely to be their safety. Their safety is also very important to us.
For students going on overseas programs, Monash has implemented a system called AlertTraveler that tracks potentially dangerous overseas incidents or events. If our students are going on a full semester overseas program, it is mandatory for them to download the AlertTraveler app onto their phones. Once registered, this app notifies the university if any of our students are in the area at the time of an incident, and prompts them to confirm their safety. If the situation is considered serious, the information from this app can be used to work with the nearest diplomatic mission and get our students evacuated from the area.
Read more at our information on keeping safe and healthy while overseas.
Career and study benefits
Our exchange partners' reputations
We've chosen our exchange partners because, like Monash, they're very highly ranked by independent bodies, and highly regarded for their innovative approaches to research and teaching. For example, our partners in Finland are among the best business schools in the world. Our partners also share Monash's ethos of creating global citizens. They have excellent student support programs, provide lots of advice and services, and are committed to ensuring your child's safety during their time away.
Exchange rather than a gap year
Exchange can be a great alternative to your child taking a gap year, or leave of absence, from their study in order to see the world. By combining study and travel, your child won't add to the length of time they'll need to complete their degree, but they'll get to travel, meet new people and have fun. More than this, they'll have an excellent achievement to add to their CV at the end of their experience that they can share with potential employers.
Exchange doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, when compared with backpacking, exchange and study abroad can be a much more affordable option. This is because Monash, many of our partners, the Australian government and many international bodies provide funding in the way of scholarships, grants and loans to allow students to travel cheaply while continuing their study.
Read more about the financial side of studying overseas.
Staying in contact
If you have any questions about the different exchange and study abroad options available, you should encourage your child to contact us. Exchange is an empowering experience that should be embraced by your child in every aspect – from initial enquiry, through to choosing a destination and getting on the plane.
Your child can still contact their relevant regional coordinator at Monash Abroad or faculty exchange advisor if they have any questions or queries while they are abroad.
For privacy reasons, we're unable to discuss information about enrolment and applications with a third party.
With your child
It's a good idea to talk about how you will communicate while your child is away before they leave. Like any big adventure, it will likely occupy a lot of their time and energy. Ensure you each have clear expectations about the amount of communication you need during this time.
You might like to:
- read their travel blog – it's a great way to keep in touch, and also a great way to record adventures
- join Facebook or Twitter for real-time contact and updates
- get a Skype account so you can talk to each other over the internet rather than using phone cards or making costly calls
- keep in touch via email
- invest in an international sim card for their mobile phone (it's much cheaper than international roaming)
- go the old fashioned way and send each other postcards – they make nice keepsakes for the refrigerator door.
Student Permission to Disclose Personal Information
Students can provide permission to disclose personal information to an organisation and/or person named of the privacy form for the purpose/s and time-frame outlined by completing the Student Permission to Disclose Personal Information form.
Emergency and security contacts
Consult our page on emergency contacts.