Your student may not call during the first day or week abroad. Be sure to speak before departure and agree on an expected timeframe for your student to call and check in with you.
The easiest way to contact your student while s/he is abroad may be through email or an internet based chat and calling service, such as Skype. Many students also choose to wait until they arrive at the program site to buy a local cell phone, normally a pay-per-minute phone. Students can research whether their cell phone carrier offers international roaming, but this may be an expensive service. For calling home, many students purchase calling cards.
Read more about the options for staying connected with your student in the Communication Abroad section.