Are you worried about leaving your partner/spouse, children, or family member behind? What will happen if you miss major holidays? If you’re the primary caretaker for a family member or friend, who will take the reins? Past students have made many different kinds of arrangements or have sought out shorter-term opportunities in order to address these very real concerns. There are many alternative options for you, including some opportunities closer to home.

Ask Yourself

My family is concerned about me going abroad–is there someone on campus who can answer their questions?

If I’m missing a holiday, will I be able to celebrate it and make new holiday traditions while I’m away?

Is there someone else who can fulfill my family responsibilities?