Considering sending your child to study abroad? Here’s what you need to know.
Studying abroad is a fantastic way for your child to see the world, develop as a person, broaden their international network, obtain foreign work experience, and become global citizens. However, encouraging their children to relocate to a new country - even temporarily, can be nerve-wracking for parents.
As parents, we dedicate ourselves to our children and their best interests - from the moment that they’re born. Every decision that we make is driven by our desire to see them not only succeed but become happy, well-rounded adults too. From preschool to university, there isn't a moment that their future doesn't cross our minds.
- Have I prepared them well enough to take on the world?
- Have I taught them the skills they need to stand for themselves?
- Do they even know what they’re getting into?
If you’re anything like a host of other parents, your teenager will have likely brought the conversation to the table; “Mom, I am thinking about studying abroad”. The thought alone is enough to send any loving parent into a flat spin- but, as always - we choose to put the needs of our children above our own comfort. It's natural to feel overwhelmed, or afraid at the thought. But, with a strategy - a plan of action put into place - making the transition is easier than you think. Even the most laid-back parent's anxieties will be rattled by the prospect of sending their child to study in a distant country but equipped with the knowledge, you'll feel better about making an otherwise daunting decision.
It is critical to have a thorough strategy in place that can meet the needs of both the student and their family.
So - if you’re one of the many parents who have recently found themselves in this position, here are a few things for you to consider before making your decision.
What’s the hype about anyway?
Children who participate in study abroad programs gain a worldwide perspective on human challenges as well as a degree of appreciation and acceptance for diverse cultures. This life-changing experience will stay with them for the rest of their lives - only expanding on the values that you’ve spent a lifetime instilling.
Why should you consider letting your child study abroad?
This is a decision that will have far-reaching consequences for the rest of their lives. It has implications beyond academics and careers, as it can open people's minds to new cultures, experiences, and global friendships.
1. Real-world skills immersion
Cultural sensitivity and second language ability are two skills that businesses today urgently want. Students can improve both skills by studying overseas, which can help them stand out in today's competitive job market.
2. Enhanced global networking and friendships
Global friendships are one of the most rewarding aspects of studying abroad. Many of these bonds will last long after the students have returned home. Your child will almost certainly be in the company of people who are studying their subject, which will considerably broaden their global professional network.
3. A new sense of confidence
Getting used to culture shock, sampling strange meals, and learning a new metro system are all part of the adventure! Students frequently return home with a well-deserved sense of self-assurance in their abilities to solve problems and adapt to life's obstacles, which is a fantastic attitude to have!
4. Truly mastering the global language
Experiencing daily life in another country allows you to understand how a language is genuinely spoken, including facial expressions, body language, and local idioms that a textbook can't teach you. Total immersion is the only way to become fluent in a language - particularly, English!
How do you pick the programme?
Here’s what you need to ask potential institutions.
- Will financial aid apply? If so, how much?
- What is included in the tuition?
- When will the semester start and end?
- What type of in-country support will there be?
- What accommodation options are available?
- What is the VISA application process?
Lastly, you'll definitely want to consider reading reviews from past alum. You'll learn a lot hearing about their first-hand experiences and it may even help relieve any anxiety you may have.
All of this might be intimidating, especially if your child is going away for the first time. The team at British Study Centres is dedicated to assisting students from the moment they decide to study at an international college until they arrive in the United Kingdom!
We will continue to support them with any pre-departure requirements or questions they may have. We'll be there to help your child settle in at their new university and make the move as seamless as possible.
It's difficult for parents to let their children leave the nest, especially if you've been their primary caregiver for the past 18 years. However, knowing that your child will have a support system in the form of someone to assist them in a new country may be a huge comfort for many parents.
At British Study Centres - we know the value that mastering the art of the English language can bring to your child’s life, and we’re here to help your family by giving you the opportunity to excel!
To find out more about our International Language Courses - visit us here!