Information for Parents

Page Content: Health and Safety, Expenses, Preparation


Dear Parent or Guardian,

Study abroad can be a valuable and personally enriching part of the university experience. Through participation on a College of Business program, students experience personal growth while learning about international business from professors from around the world.  Daily interaction with other cultures allows students to gain new perspectives about the U.S. and themselves by becoming more culturally aware.  This unique exchange opportunity provides an excellent point of distinction on their resumes.

The College of Business established the Arthur Stonehill International Business Exchange Program more than 25 years ago. Our strong relationships with faculty at all of our partner institutions are based on mutual trust and our shared commitment to foster an environment that fits the academic and personal needs of your student.

Be assured that the safety of your student is our number one priority.  While our past exchange participants have enjoyed a safe and healthy time abroad, it is important to remember that petty theft, traffic accidents, illness, injury and crime all exist overseas, just as they do in the U.S.

The College of Business makes every effort to establish our exchange programs in areas of political stability and openness to Americans. We have strong relationships with host colleges and communicate several times weekly with students and coordinators throughout the exchange period. Please understand that we are limited on the type of information we can legally release due to FERPA laws that protect student confidentiality. We suggest you familiarize yourself with the following health and safety resources.  Remember students are subject to host country laws:

OSU Office of International Programs

Mandatory OSU health insurance

Health/Safety information

Travel Warnings

Illicit Drugs Warning

Travel Registration 


The Office of Overseas Citizens Services emergency number:  1- 888-407-4747. Steps you can take to help ensure a safe and memorable time abroad for your student:

  • Formulate an emergency plan so that should a crisis occur, you are well prepared.
  • Discuss this letter with your student
  • Contact our office if you have additional concerns.
  • Encourage your student to carry a list of people to call, copies of insurance papers, passport, and names of any medications to avoid.  
  • Keep a photocopy of his/her passport at home.
  • Keep in touch with your student.
  • Be aware that your student (rather than the program coordinator) is the best source of information.  Keep time differences in mind. Your student may contact you during a crisis but the problem may have already been resolved by the time you read the message.
  • Discuss finances.  Financial Aid is available; however refund checks will not be accessible to the students until classes begin at OSU. This is most important for students studying abroad fall term.

Thank you for taking the time to review this letter with your student. We are confident that your student's time abroad will be an enriching experience, both academically and personally.


Carol Leder 



Tuition is the same (less student fees) and living expenses are similar to a term at OSU. Estimated expenses per term can vary from $5500 to $10,000 depending on placement and additional personal travel. Estimates above include tuition, housing, food, airfare, fees, visas/passports and school supplies.  Cost of attendance at OSU per term for Oregon residents is $6400.00; Non-residents is $9941.00.

PLEASE NOTE: Financial aid is released when classes begin at OSU. Some exchange schools begin in August, so plan accordingly.

College of Business scholarships are available.  The application process is discussed in the interview. Funds are deposited into recipients student account.  Amounts of awards vary depending on cost of living abroad.



The College of Business holds a mandatory one-credit orientation class the term prior to departure. Goals of the class are to:

  • acquaint students with customs, culture and current events of exchange program location
  • complete the necessary paperwork
  • meet the other participating students
  • encourage students to be an active participant in their host culture
  • discuss safety issues
  • select appropriate course work