Information for Parents

Greetings from the Office of International Programs! We hope that you will use this website as a resource as your son or daughter prepares to depart, while he or she is living abroad, and finally, when he or she returns from overseas.

Our office provides support in several ways. Cadets are initially advised of the internal procedures required to study abroad.  Next, they meet individually with a study abroad advisor to discuss their program and course selections.  A pre-departure orientation focusing on logistics, safety, and cultural issues is provided near the end of the semester. While cadets are abroad, our office fields questions and concerns from them. When the cadet returns, our office makes sure that transcripts are appropriately processed for credit transfer and that the transition back to VMI and living in the United States is a smooth one. Please contact us if you have any questions about VMI International Programs that are not answered on our website.

"Studying abroad will almost certainly be a defining period in your son or daughter's educational experience - a psychological journey that will transform him or her into a global thinker with international perspectives and put him or her a step ahead of the competition in the eyes of prospective employers.  In spite of this, you - and your son or daughter - may have a wide range of feelings about the upcoming experience, from excitement at its potential to stress at the idea of being far apart.  By understanding each other's feelings and supporting decisions before, during, and after the period of overseas study, you can help maximize this opportunity." -from the brochure Parents, Pointers to Prepare for the Transformation, the Council on International Education Exchanges, New York.