Families & Friends

Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange is a student-centered office committed to supporting our students as they actively assume responsibility for their study abroad experience, from the application process to assimilating into their host country.

Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE) communicates directly with our students to ensure that they receive the highly specialized assistance they need to effectively navigate the steps of studying abroad. IAGE is bound by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (commonly referred to as FERPA), "a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records" (U.S. Department of Education). Illinois has established guidelines for the implementation of this law, which are contained in Section X-6 of the Campus Administrative Manual and the Illinois Student Code. As such, we encourage you to share your questions and concerns directly with your student.

From the Director

Dear Families and Friends,

The higher education landscape in the 21st Century is dynamic and increasingly complex. At the same time, it provides unrivaled opportunities to explore, expand intellectual boundaries, and engage across disciplines. Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE) is pleased to facilitate exceptional study abroad experiences that allow them to gain global competencies and distinguish themselves in our increasingly globalized and interconnected world.

Each year, more than 2,400 Illinois students study abroad on more than 300 programs in 50+ countries around the world. IAGE offers a diverse portfolio of core services designed to help your student ensure that their study abroad experience is academically, professionally, and personally successful. We work closely with our campus colleagues and partners abroad to connect students with the support they need during each step of the process.

We strive to make this experience as accessible as possible for all parties involved. In an effort to uphold the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, we encourage you to explore these web pages exclusively for families and friends—in addition to the rest of our website—and communicate with your student about any questions or concerns. If—after reviewing the content of our website or speaking with your student—you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at sao-inquiries@illinois.edu.

Thank you for your continued support in helping your student study abroad.


Julie Misa
Interim Director, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange