EUSA

Who is EUSA?

EUSA is a not-for-profit organization that works with universities to provide students with academically directed internship programs. EUSA's internship teams place 2000 students each year across all industry sectors. Students apply and are selected by their home institution and EUSA works with the home institution to provide internship placements, support, housing, and academic courses.

Are there any scholarships available?

There are a number of ways to fund participation in a program. You just need to know where to look. Your home institution will have some tips, and the web is another great resource. Below you will find other possibilities to aid students in search of private scholarships and additional funding for study away and study abroad.    

Where is EUSA located?

EUSA has operations in London, Dublin, Madrid, Paris and Prague.

How Do I Contact EUSA?

Please see our Contact Page for complete contact information for our team.

How can I contact my son or daughter?

Students are given contact information for housing and phones (where applicable) prior to their departure.  Please make sure that you ask your son or daughter for this information so that you can reach them directly.  Many students and parents keep in touch via email, instant messaging, or services such as Skype.          

Please take the time to have a conversation with your son or daughter about your mutual expectations for communication. Over the last 30 years of running international internship programs, we have learned that the increased independence of living abroad and participating in the adult world of work can result in less frequent communication with parents.  The first question we ask students in our onsite orientations is “Have you let your parents know that you arrived safely?” The excitement of being in a new place can cause even the most conscientious of our students to forget to keep in touch.         

If you have a family emergency and cannot reach your son or daughter, please contact the EUSA office in the relevant city and we will make every effort to locate them.  We maintain a 24 hour number for emergencies.  We do ask, however, that if the call is not urgent and you are calling because haven’t heard from your son or daughter for a while, that you contact us during normal office hours (taking into account that our offices are 5-6 hours ahead of US east coast time). We will make every effort to contact students and ask them to contact you.  Because of federal privacy laws, unless there are specific and genuine concerns about a student’s health or safety, we are not able to give status updates to parents by phone.

How much does the program cost?

Students should check with their home institution. As EUSA runs programs for colleges and universities, it does not take payment from individual students or set the final program fee charged to students. Please go to the Next Steps section for information on institutions which work with EUSA.

Can any major participate? Do you have to be a business major?

Study abroad and study away is encouraged for ALL majors, though you will need to check with your home institution to ensure they do not have their own restrictions. EUSA works with students from every field and can accommodate almost any degree with a suitable placement.

When will my son or daughter learn about his or or her placement?

The Placement Team will do their best to notify students prior to their departure from the United States, but it is not uncommon (or cause for concern) if they have not been placed before departure. Because we work with each student individually and accommodate individual requests, this process takes time and we ask for patience. We want to find the right experience for each student - which could take days, weeks or sometimes months. We could place students in just any internship in a matter of minutes - finding the best possible internship can take much longer. We will notify students of our progress but they are free to contact us at any time to enquire about placement status. It is important to remember that since this process caters to individual students, students may find out about your placements at different times.

Can you give me an update on my son or daughter?

Due to federal law, we are not able to answer questions from parents about placements, academic progress, or general well-being. EUSA runs all programs on behalf of a partner college or university program, so we are bound by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law designed to protect the privacy and confidentiality of student education records. In practice, this means that the student, as a legal adult, has primary responsibility for informing any third party (including his or her parents) about their academic progress and general wellbeing. Please read our FAQ on FERPA, below, for more information.           EUSA sends progress updates to students on their placement status and welcome any student requests for updates during the placement process.  If you have specific questions about the process, please discuss these with your son or daughter and encourage them to contact us.

What is FERPA?

FERPA, or the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, is a federal law designed to protect the privacy and confidentiality of student education records. It gives parents of students under 18 certain rights with respect to education records; these rights transfer to the student when they reach the age of 18 or attend a school beyond high school level. You can read more about FERPA at the Department of Education website:http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.         

In practice, this means that EUSA must respect that our students, as college students (and legal adults) should not have their private educational information, including information about academic performance, placement performance, or general well-being, disclosed to a third party, including parents.         

EUSA believes in encouraging students’ independence, personal growth, and responsibility, and we treat their concerns and questions with the same respect as we would any responsible adult. We encourage parents who have concerns to first discuss these questions with their son or daughter and to encourage them to contact EUSA if they have questions or concerns regarding their program, classes, or internship.          

During our online registration process, all students nominate emergency contacts (this is almost always a parent or guardian) and indicate their consent to have EUSA contact these individuals in the event that their health or safety is at risk.  EUSA also reserves the right to contact a parent or guardian if the student has violated local laws with respect to alcohol or drugs, though generally all communication about disciplinary issues is directed to the student’s home institution.         Our students’ health and safety is our first concern, so if you are concerned about your son or daughter’s wellbeing, please do not hesitate to contact us.  While we may not be able to disclose certain private information, we welcome any information which helps us to safeguard our students’ wellbeing.

How can I support and encourage my son or daughter during this experience?

For most of our students, this is their first experience of being in another country for an extended period of time, and it is almost a certainty that they will experience culture shock.  In general, this expresses itself in a pattern of “high highs and low lows.” When things are going well, they are going GREAT, and when they are anything less than GREAT they are TERRIBLE.         

Even in English speaking countries, the sheer number of small differences means that a task as simple as going to the grocery store requires a lot more thought and energy - even moreso for students who are adapting to day to day life speaking a foreign language.  Your son or daughter may report feeling more tired and may use up a lot of their energy just coping with these small differences. Keep this in mind if you find yourself on the phone with a homesick, tearful child who feels that nothing is going right – and remember that in a few days, that same child will likely be thrilled and excited by some new experience or being mistaken for a local.    

You can encourage your son or daughter to establish a routine in their new environment, as well as to take good physical care of themselves by getting enough sleep and eating well. Remind them to take full advantage of the experience by keeping busy and exploring their new city – NOT spending half the day and night at the computer keeping track of friends back home. If they are distressed, please encourage them to speak with EUSA program staff. We have extensive experience helping students through the adjustment to living and working in another country, and they should definitely see us as a resource.         

It’s important to be sensitive to your son or daughter’s needs when they return from abroad, as well. Virtually all students who live abroad describe it as a life changing experience. While they may have only been away for eight weeks and look exactly the same, they may feel like a completely different person. Listen to them and demonstrate your genuine interest in hearing about the experience – living and working abroad is a much more profound experience than a brief vacation, so really listen to the meaning behind all the photographs or descriptions of a day at work.      

Please refer to the Predeparture Essentials section for the relevant city for a more detailed description of culture shock.     You may also find What Parents Need to Know a useful resource.

Where is the housing located? What is it like? Is there a meal plan?

Please refer to the Predeparture Essentials section of this website for the relevant city for more details on housing.  In some cases, students may not be assigned to specific housing until after they have been accepted, in which case, program staff will give them full details and information in predeparture emails and orientations.      

Students can expect that all housing provided through EUSA will be safe, centrally located (or in a close suburb with good public transport), and clean. In general, accommodation in Europe is less spacious, but will be perfectly adequate.          

Students in London and Dublin (and some students in Madrid) generally live in apartment-style housing (in either twin or single bedrooms) with shared kitchens – students cook for themselves with the provided pots, pans, plates and utensils.       

Students in Paris and Madrid generally live with French and Spanish families (they have their own private bedroom) – depending on the program, this may include breakfast, and students will either have access to the family kitchen to prepare other meals for themselves, or eat dinner with the family.  See the Predeparture Essentials section for each city for more details.

EUSA is a not-for-profit internship organization specializing in customized, academically-directed programs in
London, Dublin, Madrid, Paris, and Prague.

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