Parent Resources


The decision to study abroad is an important one, and the Office of Extended Studies encourages parents and families to support their student as they prepare for a time of exciting academic experiences and significant personal growth.  At the same time, we understand that sending a son or daughter overseas can be a nerve-wracking experience for any parent.  There are a number of ways that you can inform and prepare yourself, and your student, for this experience.

We encourage students to take responsibility for their learning experience, beginning with the selection of their program and the completion of the application process. Students learn a great deal of information about studying abroad and their particular program through our extensive orientation process. We encourage students to share information about their program with their family, but you will also find a great deal of helpful information throughout our website.

Safety and Health

When participating in a travel abroad trip, all students are asked to read the General Health and Safety documentation along with the additional documentation provided by their professor. 

While each student traveling should have their own health insurance, Western purchases travel insurance as well.  ATLAS is the company currently being used.  Click here for the brochure for Atlas and here for the detailed description of coverage. 

Please feel free to contact the Office of Extended Studies with any questions you may have.

Director - Erica Boucher
Assistant Director - Dana M. Miller
Western State Colorado University
Taylor Hall 303
600 North Adams Street
Gunnison, CO 81231