University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Welcome for Families & Friends

Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange is committed to supporting our students as they actively assume responsibility for their study abroad experience, from the application process to while they are abroad to when they return.

We communicate directly with our students to ensure that they receive the specialized assistance they need to effectively navigate the steps of studying abroad. We are 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. Due to these laws and guidelines, we cannot disclose your students’ records, even to a parent or guardian, without the student’s prior written consent. As such, we encourage you to share your questions and concerns directly with your student.

If your student is an incoming exchange student, we encourage you to review the incoming student pages of our website for more information and resources.

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. Each year, more than 1,500 Illinois students study abroad on close to 400 programs in 60+ countries around the world. We are pleased to facilitate exceptional study abroad experiences that allow our students to gain global competencies and distinguish themselves in our increasingly globalized and interconnected world.

As the campus study abroad office, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange 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 and speaking with your student—you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at

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


Joy Phaphouvaninh
Director, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange