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The Central College Abroad program separates itself from others in many ways--it is a personalized program that cares about you; the excursions are unique, fun and informative; the experience was a once in a lifetime chance that I'm so glad I took!
– Ryan Boege
University of Northern Iowa

parent visiting policy

Central College Abroad welcomes family and friends to visit the program during the course of the semester. There are, however, policies that Central College has instituted for reasons of liability, and also to ensure that the student’s experience abroad is not disrupted. Our experience with long-term visits (10 days or longer) is that they can prevent a student from becoming settled into the host culture, and can encourage extended homesickness.

For the reasons above, all Central College Abroad program day trips and excursions are only available to program participants currently enrolled in the program. Visitors may participate in program activities as deemed appropriate by the director. Also, during visits from family and friends, students are required to attend all classes and required program activities, as missing these necessary elements can compromise a student’s grades and the overall dynamics of the program.

Again, Central College Abroad does welcome visits from friends and family. These visits are encouraged to take place during semester breaks or at times when program excursions are not planned.