Welcome to the International Studies Office!
Dear Parent(s) of a Moravian College Hound Abroad,
The beginning of a new semester is just around the corner and your student is about to embark on one of the most memorable experiences of their college years. Your student will be counted among other Moravian students who have studied abroad in England, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Australia, Chile, Germany and Austria. I congratulate your student for making the commitment to study abroad and you as parents for supporting their decision.
At Moravian College, we are committed to providing support for students studying abroad. Before students depart on their study abroad experience, they participated in the Moravian Hounds Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation and received a handbook. During the orientation, I cover general study abroad matters including passports, visas, money, packing, and most importantly, safety and health issues abroad. Dr. Ronald Kline, director of the Counseling Center, covers the problems students might face concerning culture shock and being away from their families and friends. Nicole Synder, Director of Career Developmental Services, discusses how volunteering and networking during study abroad can help the student be more competitive in the job market upon return to the US. Dr. Sandy Bardsley Assistant Professor of History and a native of New Zealand gives students advice and perspective on dealing with anti-Americanism while abroad. Dr. Hilde Binford, Assistant Professor of Music and veteran international traveler, gives students tips on how to travel on a budget. And finally, students who returned from a study abroad experience last year talk about their experiences abroad. In addition to the Moravian orientation, most study abroad programs provide an on-site orientation once students arrive in their host country and have an on-site director to assist students with any problems that might arise.
As the parents of a student studying abroad, you may want to consult the Department of State website to access their Public Announcements, Travel Warnings, and Consular Information Sheets. Our office checks these sites daily. While abroad, I also recommend students to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate so that they have the best possible access to the services provided by the government to its citizens abroad.
We are committed to acting in the best interests of your student. Thank you for the trust that you place in the Office of International Studies. Please call us if you have any questions concerning any aspect of Moravian College Hounds abroad.