Study abroad coordinator Jesica Severson said TCU is sending 195 students, the most the program has ever sent, to 16 countries in spring 2016. Only three students have elected to withdraw from their study abroad programs next semester.
The Center for International Studies teamed up with multiple departments across campus and assembled a list of frequently asked questions as a resource for those apprehensive about studying abroad.
The FAQs include answers to questions about potential program cancellation, program withdrawal and general advice about how to approach the situation.
The study abroad department has received an influx of questions from concerned parents sending their children abroad next semester. However, the Center for International Studies ensures families that students will be safe, especially with the help of international resources students will have access to while abroad.
TCU purchases an international travel source for all students, faculty, and staff called International SOS that is available 24/7. Severson said International SOS provides students and parents with an extra layer of security and support in the event that something goes wrong.
“I think it is a good peace of mind that no matter where you are in the world you can call them and they can help,” Severson said.
Travelers are able to call with any range of questions or problems they may have from needing to call an ambulance to losing their passport.
Severson said the most important thing to the study abroad department is that students and parents feel comfortable with their decision to study abroad.
“If they are not comfortable with it and if they decide to withdraw from their programs, we will work with them and help them,” Severson said.