Although most trips are free from trouble, for both students and their worried parents, it pays to be prepared.
Michael Kelly, president and CEO of On Call International, a prominent name in the medical and travel assistance field, offers some tips to help students and their families prepare for a safe and well-planned study-abroad experience:
· Students should apply early for their passports and any necessary visas. Parents should also make sure they have a valid passport in the event an emergency arises, and they need to travel to their child's host country.
· Spend some time together researching the country the student plans to visit.
· Check with your health-insurance provider to find out if a student's medical expenses will be covered out of the country.
· If a student uses prescription medication, stock up on extras and find out the names of those same medications in the area abroad where the student will be situated.
· Parents also should make sure they have power of attorney in case a student needs to be hospitalized.