Can I visit my student abroad?
Parents are welcome to visit their students while they are abroad! We encourage parents to consider visiting in the latter half of their study abroad program, so that students have the chance to become accustomed to their program on their own. See Plan A Visit for more information.
How should my student handle money while abroad?
It’s important to speak with your student about money prior to their departure, and to agree on a general budget to set expectations for spending. Students should rely on several sources of money (ATM/debit card, credit card, cash) to cover expenses while abroad. This will ensure that if one means for accessing funds fails, there are other options. Also, the amount of money accessible through any one source may be subject to limitations, so a second source is helpful. If possible, students should consider upgrading to a card with a “chip”, as these are more widely accepted in Europe.
Can I mail items to my student abroad?
Receiving mail abroad is always exciting, and parents are encouraged to mail cards and letters to their students. Parents should note that packages can take a long time to arrive abroad, as they are often delayed at customs. We therefore discourage parents from sending care packages. If you would like to send one, please speak with your student about it, as they will have received information about what can and cannot be shipped to their host country.
How can I stay in touch with my student abroad? / Will my student have a phone?
We encourage parents to establish a communication plan with their students shortly after they have arrived in their host country and have become accustomed to their daily life. SAI student housing includes internet, so skype and facetime are often the best methods of communication. Additionally, all SAI Signature Services programs include a cell phone rental. Students are not charged for incoming phone calls, but parents should be aware that their international calls can be costly, and are encouraged to instead opt for internet calling.
What are SAI’s housing arrangements like?
SAI housing is rooted in community, and our housing encourages students to build strong communities both with each other and locals. We do this by offering housing in neighborhoods among local residents, and providing ample community living space for housemates to spend time. SAI student housing is dispersed throughout host cities, and includes all the amenities to ensure a comfortable stay abroad, including kitchen, shared bathroom, study space, and shared bedrooms.
Are housing accommodations available for students with specific needs?
SAI will make every effort to accommodate housing requests for students with specific needs. Students are asked to speak with their Admissions Counselor as early as possible with any specific requests, as this may determine their housing assignment and location.