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Family Resources

Global programs are a unique educational and cultural opportunity for all Santa Clara students. There are many academic, career, and personal benefits. For example, students get to live in interesting places, visit historically and culturally significant sites, examine artifacts they’ve only read about or seen on TV, and interact with local students and faculty. Not to mention, many will become students at prestigious universities where they have to adjust and learn to thrive in an academic system that demands independence and initiative. 

Approximately one-third of juniors at Santa Clara University study or intern abroad on a quarter, semester, or summer program. Most students go abroad their junior or senior year. However, students can participate in a summer program prior to their sophomore year at SCU so long as they meet the eligibility requirements. Students from all majors are eligible to apply.

Participation & Planning Resources

We understand that the decision to send your student on a study program overseas may be a difficult one: there are safety and financial issues to consider, and there are many programs with different types of experiences to choose from. We also understand that the decision to study abroad is often one involving many loved ones. Our planning resources below will help families and students make an informed decision regarding this incredible opportunity:

Supporting Your Student

We try our best to help your student get a good start for a productive and enjoyable experience abroad, but your support and interest are equally important. We encourage you to communicate with your student about their ideas, goals, and expectations long before they set out on the journey. Your support and enthusiasm mean so much—at every step of their education. 

Family Newsletter

As students embark on their journey to study or intern abroad, our mission is to keep our students and their families informed. Students are required to complete a FERPA release and Emergency Contacts Form as part of the standard application procedure. Emergency Contacts submitted alongside a duly authorized FERPA release will be automatically included in our Family Newsletter. This newsletter serves as a central hub for important updates and significant milestones, meticulously curated and shared with families on a monthly basis from January to July each year.

Emergency Plan Resources for Abroad
Emergencies While Abroad

When an emergency incident occurs abroad, SCU Study Abroad will immediately mobilize resources in coordination with the campus, local onsite staff, and faculty, as well as local authorities and emergency organizations. This defines the lines of communication, the scope of support required, the resources needed to assist students abroad, and any coordination with third-party organizations.

If your student has an emergency while abroad and needs to contact our staff, please contact Campus Safety at (408) 554-4444.