There are many reasons why an international component to your son's or daughter's education is almost necessary in today's world. The former U.S. Secretary of Education, Richard W. Riley, states it best:
"Changing American society tomorrow requires a change in the face of education today. And that means eliminating the inequalities that exist in access to higher education.
"It also means promoting greater participation and more diversity in study abroad by U.S. students. Just as we need to have students in the K-12 years learn more than one language, so do we need students at the undergraduate level who are engaged in learning about issues that will build international partnerships and strategies for years to come.
"This kind of competence is particularly important in a global economy where knowledge--particularly knowledge of the world--is at a premium.
"That is why I am pleased that we are working to develop a Presidential Directive on international education policy that will outline an effective strategy for developing partnerships among federal, state and local organizations, as well as within the education community, business, non-governmental organizations, and other community groups."
[The full text is available on the U.S. Department of Education's web site at www.ed.gov/Speeches/01-2000/20000120.html.]
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Each year the oIP cordially invites parents and families of students interested in studying abroad to a Family Weekend Reception on the Saturday morning of Family Weekend. Please join us to learn about international study, work, and volunteer opportunities.
location and time to be announced
Program directors and oIP staff will present highlights about JMU's study abroad programs at this event.
Parents of students who are going, or are already abroad are justifiably concerned with their safety. JMU's oIP has done and continues to do the following in an effort to assure that all participants are safe.
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In the event of an emergency situation while students are abroad, we ask program directors to follow these procedures:
The JMU Office of International Programs is more than happy to answer any questions parents may have. If your son or daughter cannot adequately answer a study abroad question for you, please feel free to contact us directly.
For your convenience, we have listed below links that may be of special interest to parents: