Who is in charge?
The Center for International Programs (CIP) office is tasked with developing institutional relationships all over the world to host Kalamazoo students on study abroad and study away. Most of our programs include on-site support dedicated to visiting students and may work with students all over the world. Host institutions and organizations offer an orientation program to new arrivals (similar to K) and staff in the office are available for follow up questions.
CIP staff may answer questions about logistics, questions about the local culture, and availability of wellness support at particular sites abroad.
Who will help my student if they are having a problem or are struggling?
Encourage your student to reach out to local international office staff if they have a concern or are struggling. Most, but not all, of our host partners have access to information about local doctors and counselors and are a good first point of contact for students who have a question. K students still have access to the counseling center on an emergency basis, but may not depend on it regularly due to licensing issues and supporting students outside the state of Michigan.
If parents have concerns about their student, please contact the CIP and we will reach out to the student to connect them to the appropriate support options.
How do I know if my student has a K Resident Director?
A Resident Director is a local individual (or individuals) who is extremely familiar with K College and K College students, and will be in communication with Center for International Programs staff throughout the program. The Resident Director will be helpful for all other items including arrival procedures, the on-site orientation, excursions, emergency numbers, local doctor or counselors, hospital information, and any other cultural information. The following programs have K Resident Directors: Erlangen, Cáceres, Madrid, Quito, Nairobi, Strasbourg, Clermont, and Oaxaca.
All of our programs typically require students to submit additional application and pre-departure materials according to the host program’s instructions. Any questions not answered by the program’s brochure page should be addressed to the partner/host program directly. All students will need to possess, as well as develop, a high level of independence for successful completion study abroad programs, as they will be operating on campuses that are structured very differently than what they experience on K’s campus.