Parents of Non-Columbia Students
The process of pursuing a study abroad program is an exciting experience for students and their families, and the Office of Global Programs wishes to thank the parents of study abroad students for providing support in making the opportunity to study overseas a reality. The Office of Global Programs is available to assist students and their families throughout the study abroad experience, and is happy to answer any questions and address any concerns pertaining to student experiences. We encourage parents to explore this Web site and learn more about coordinating a studying abroad program.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I find out if my son or daughter needs any vaccinations or medications?
Students should always check with their doctors or the Centers for Disease Control for the health steps they are required to take before going abroad. Students who need to take medication must either bring sufficient medication for the duration of their trip abroad, or bring a doctor's prescription which identifies the medication by its generic name in order to have the prescription filled while abroad.
Does my son or daughter need special health insurance?Yes. Your student must not travel uninsured. Please be sure to consult with your families' insurance carrier to inquire about coverage overseas, or if your student is covered through their home school, with their office of Insurance for details. Columbia provides Emergency Medical Services to all students through ISOS International.
How do I know if where my son or daughter will be staying is safe?The Office of Global Programs places the highest level of priority on the safety and security of its students who are pursuing study abroad programs. The staff of the OGP conducts pre-departure meetings which includes information on: health, safety, and security concerns; advice on minimizing exposure to risk; and instructions on dealing with crises.
Each of Columbia's programs have staff on-site who are available to deal with emergencies and as follow the protocol in communicating with the home institutions of students. The Office of Global receives up-to-date information in the form of travel warnings and travel safety information updates from the U.S. Department of State, and provides a link to the State Department as part of Resources- Health & Safety section of this website.