What is the best method to communicate with my student studying abroad?
It is recommended that you develop a communication plan with you student. Many students
communicate with their families through a combination of e-mail, Skype, or cell phone (in many countries, incoming cell calls are free with certain phones/plans.) Most students will still have access to their Colgate email account. However, there are some places where students may not have reliable or consistent internet access, so please plan accordingly. Also be sure that you have the emergency contact information for on-site faculty or staff to ensure them quickly in an emergency.
What if my student needs to withdraw from a study abroad program?
Written notification of withdrawal must be dated and delivered to the director of international programs. E-mail notification from a Colgate e-mail address is acceptable. The postmark or date of e-mail will serve as the basis for any refund.
A student who withdraws from a Colgate study group, extended study or approved program after confirming their participation with the Office of Off-Campus Study/International Programs will be charged a $1,000 withdrawal fee to defray the administrative costs incurred by the university. Refunds of Colgate tuition charged for off-campus study are governed by the university’s refund policy. Students will also be charged for any non-recoverable expenses including, but not limited to, non-refundable deposits, approved program charges, housing, transportation, visas, and/or shared group expenses. The extent of non-recoverable expenses vary by program and the date of withdrawal.