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FAQ for Parents


Greetings from Dominican Dad1. What exactly is "studying abroad"?
Studying abroad is an academic opportunity for students to study in another country. Study abroad programs range from short-term (approximately 2 weeks) to a year.

By studying abroad, students can earn credit toward their degrees at Dominican University of California (DUC).

2. Why should my student study abroad?
Studying abroad is an experience that enhances a student’s personal and educational growth. Today’s students need to be knowledgeable about the global community. By studying abroad, students not only learn a foreign language—an invaluable skill—but they learn compassion, understanding, camaraderie and collaboration.

Furthermore, international study increases confidence and gives students an advantage when looking for employment as well as when applying for graduate school.

3. Will studying abroad set students back from graduating on time?
Study abroad will not necessarily keep students from graduating in four years. Your student can earn credit toward her or his degree while studying abroad—provided all the required documents and authorizations are completed on time and according to due process.

4. Does studying overseas cost a lot more than attending Dominican?
The cost of participating in Dominican Exchange Programs is usually comparable to, and sometimes less than, the cost of studying at Dominican University of California.

5. How will we afford a study abroad program?

  • Consider the different locations of exchange programs (cost of living is different in each country)
  • Apply for scholarships 
  • Use federal, state, and/or institutional aid (e.g. Pell Grants, institutional grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, etc.) 
  • Apply for private loans, etc.

Check the Financing Study Abroad section for more details.

6. When do most students go abroad?
Your student should go abroad when it best fits her or his academic planning. Most students study abroad after their sophomore year and before their senior year. Have your student inquire with their academic adviser for recommendations on when studying abroad is possible.

7. What about safety abroad?
The personal safety of your student while she or he is studying abroad is a top priority to both to you and to the  Global Education Office. We prepare students through pre-departure orientations here at Dominican. Students are provided with counseling on potential risks, necessary precautions and contacts abroad.

Your student will have access to our 24-hour emergency telephone. Dominican does not approve student participation in programs located in countries where the U.S. Department of State has flagged a Travel Warning.

In addition, the Global Education Office monitors the updates on health and safety issues around the world that are issued by the U.S. Department of State.

For more information about safety abroad, please look at the following resources:

  • "What Parents Need to Know! Before, During, and After Education Abroad" by Janet Hulstrand (available for purchase at
  • "Study Abroad: A Parent's Guide: For Parents of College and University Students Contemplating a Study Abroad Experience" by William Hoffa.

Hi, I'm Giulia Welch, Associate Director of Study Abroad, at Dominican.

Contact me if you have additional questions about your student's studying abroad application process and experience.

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