Calling and Visiting Your Student at the JFRC
It is best to have your student contact you when appropriate. The most efficient and cost effective way of doing this is by having your student purchase a calling card on campus at the JFRC and using a public phone in the residence halls. Semester and Full Year students receive cell phones upon arrival. It is a pre-paid plan and comes with 15 minutes of calling time that they can add to. Summer students that are interested in purchasing this Italian pay-as-you go phones can do so during Orientation. A free option would be to use skype. Also, some students may want to consider renting a cell phone while abroad. A number of countries offer cell phone rentals, creating an option you may want to carefully explore. See more information on "Telephone Communication" in our Packing Guide.
You and your student should discuss visiting him/her abroad before his/her departure. Our recommendation is that you visit after the program has ended, before the student returns home. This way, your trip will be best enjoyed without any added pressures your student may face in school. In addition, students abroad often find themselves going through dramatic levels of personal growth and change while adapting to a new culture. Although you may have the best intentions not to interfere with your student's life in his/her new environment abroad, and he/she strongly wishes for you to visit, there is a possibility that your visit may interrupt that vital process and/or reset the progress they've made in adapting to their new surroundings. The JFRC Chicago Office would be happy to speak with you further if you'd like advice about whether to visit your student abroad. Contact Us