Dear Parents,

Welcome! We are happy to hear you and your UNM student are considering Study Abroad. You may already know that Study Abroad is deemed a High Impact Practice, an experience had during a student’s undergraduate studies that has positive associations with student learning and retention. Study abroad can increase a student’s self-esteem, and strengthen their personal and professional skills, as well as teach them to learn in a global context and outside their comfort zone.

Study Abroad is a growing trend in the US, with an average of 1 in 10 undergraduates studying abroad before graduation. The Institute of International Education reports that over 300,000 US students studied abroad in the 2014/2015 academic year. That’s compared to the 150,000 who studied abroad in the 1999/2000 academic year! 

Did you know that Study Abroad does not always mean for an entire semester? In fact, more students study abroad in our short term programs (lasting anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months) than in semester and year-long programs combined. There are programs for every type of situation, so come by with your student to chat with us about the programs that may be best!

In addition to the academic benefits of studying abroad, like getting better grades and graduating on time, we find that students who participate in study abroad programs return with a whole new toolkit for working through life’s everyday complications. But don’t just take our word for it, here are a few resources to check out:

·        Study Abroad Life Relevancy Statistics

·        Career Benefits of Study Abroad

·        Faster hire with higher pay for study abroad alumni

We are proud that your student understands the importance of studying beyond our country’s borders to become a globally competent citizen. As globalization becomes more and more of a reality, Study Abroad helps prepare your student for their future.  

The UNM Education Abroad Office recognizes the important role that parents and families play in a student’s educational experience. Our goal is to provide resources to help families learn how to best support and encourage their student before, during, and after their international experience. We strive to provide students with the information and assistance they need to succeed, while balancing between supporting students and letting them overcome challenges on their own, much like you do at home. We would love to help keep you informed and supportive and encourage you to maintain open communication with your student about their program of choice. We encourage you to ask questions whenever you feel uncertain about this new adventure. Please explore the tabs below to start learning more about how to get started, UNM’s study abroad programs, funding and scholarships, health and safety information, and frequently asked questions.

We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to working with your student.



Your Education Abroad Team