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09 Dec 2016 289 3 mins Share

Nine things to consider for your child’s study abroad dream!

As a parent or guardian, how can you help your child fulfil his/her study abroad dream?

09 Dec 2016 289 3 mins Share
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what you need to do for your child's study abroad dream

We write several articles on what a student should/should not do when planning to study abroad. This time we discuss what parents should do to help their children move forward towards their dream of studying abroad.

*To make it sound simpler, I’ll refer the child as ‘her’ in certain instances in this article.

Your child’s dream of studying abroad needs a lot of hard work from her. At the same time, to help fulfil her dream, you as a parent or guardian need to do a lot of hard work too.

Your child might be intelligent, with a stellar academic profile, but what she needs more is tremendous support and confidence from your end to help her realise that what she is doing is right, her dreams are true and you will always be there to guide and coach her.

Some parents start making plans for their child’s future, even before the child is born whereas others plan right after the child finishes her school- or college-level study. Either way, it is a tough time for the parents to be prepared for such situations when their children won’t be at a stone’s throw.

Things you should know as a parent or guardian:

1. If your child shows some interest towards studying abroad at a young age, say at the age of 15 or 17, go ahead and motivate her. Try to help her and make her realise that her preconceived dreams could be true with a bit of proper planning.

2. But before you jump into any conclusions, you need to ask these questions to yourself: 

  • Are the courses available (which are available abroad) in your home country?
  • Will your child be benefited by the opportunities that the university abroad has on offer?
  • Will your child find a better job on returning back from the country?
  • Will your child be able to manage alone abroad? What if he/she feels homesick or withdrawing in the middle of any semester? 

3. Search for a counsellor:

You may not have all answers (to the questions above) but if you think more, you may find an answer–

At the office of Hotcourses India, we receive a number of calls from students, and there are instances when parents, along with their children, visit our offices to meet the counselling team.

Our counselling team is equipped with experienced advisors who can guide you with – courses, colleges and universities, application process, visa process, aptitude for tests, etc; it takes nearly 30 minutes to 1 hour to have a discussion with them.

4. Help your child to select a course which she feels will be right for her career. If your child wants to follow a path that is different from a conventional one, sit and talk to her and find why she chooses that route.

5. Help your child to choose a university, which is not just a brand name but will help in shaping her future. If your child is indecisive about choosing a university, use your own judgement call to choose one for her.

And when you take the responsibility to shortlist a university for her, rely on the following information to base your decision on: the faculty, department, research publications, ranking of the university and, of course, the number of students from your home country studying at the university .

6. Education cost is something that you will need to help her plan. Since you, most preferably, will be sponsoring your child's education, you need to make sure that you have enough money to cover the tuition and living expenses of your child abroad.

Besides you need to help her apply for several scholarships so that she is not pressurised with loan debts, if any, later. 

7. Please do a thorough market research and check for the highs and lows in currency values before you send your child away. You can open a separate account in a foreign bank abroad in your child’s name and deposit some money to form a shield against currency fluctuations.

8. It is quite normal to feel tensed and sense fear while sending your child abroad to study. What you can do is a thorough research about the institute and the country where your child is willing to go and study.

There are things which are beyond our control, so all you can do is to teach your children to be careful and take smart decisions.

9. Learn about the culture of the country as much as possible (information flows around us!), and teach your child some do’s and don’ts that might help her accept a new culture in the foreign land. If you are one of those parents who studied abroad, then it’s fantastic! Itis easier for you to groom her. 

Remember what Anne Frank wrote in her diary?

'Parents can only give right advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands'.

As a student aspiring to have an international degree, you should remember that the biggest responsibility lies on your shoulder. We respect the decision that you have taken to be an independent thinker.

For those who are first-generation students, we appreciate your decision and request you to talk to our advisors for more information on studying abroad or to your close friends who have been abroad for higher studies.

And as a parent, I’m sure you will agree that learning to let go your children is also one part of watching them grow and building more trust.

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