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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 | 259 Views
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what you need to do for your child's study abroad dream

Parenting is the toughest job in this world; isn’t it?

We write several articles on what a student should/should not do when planning to study abroad. This time we talk about 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. Both ways 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.

Few things that 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 (that 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 abroad?
  • 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 walk-ins every day 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 know everything about the study abroad process – courses, colleges and universities, application process, visa process, aptitude for tests, etc; it takes from 30 minutes to 1 hour to have a tête–à–tête 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 the conventional one, sit and talk to her on why she should or should not have such an idea.

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.

Key things to consider here are: 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. Tuition 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 cost 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. Considering the number of volatile protests and mass killings happening around the world, 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 and 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 inculcate your child about some do’s and don’ts that might help her to certain extent to accept a new culture in the foreign land. If you are one of those parents who studied abroad, then it’s fantastic!

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. Even though we are talking about your parents doing this and that for you, we also respect the decision that you make, and want you 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.

Cast away all your worries for now and look forward to brace the day when you will be attending your child’s convocation as a proud parent!

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Indrani Sengupta Indrani Sengupta,
Study abroad expert.
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