Supporting Your Child
So your son/daughter says they want to go abroad? Consider the following benefits for students:
- They will have to manage money, coursework, and time more effectively than they’ve ever had to before, and often in a busy environment. This can lead to dramatic improvement in these skills when back home.
- They will create a whole new social network in the new country — something that requires great communication skills in general, not to mention in a foreign language. Strong communication skills are essential in most jobs, so having them makes people that much more employable.
- Managing culture shock demands patience, tolerance, a sense of humor, and the ability to press on despite failure. All of these make for a more mature, more confident post-study abroad individual. These traits will be evident in their dealings with other people, especially potential employers and colleagues.
- Relations between the U.S. and all other countries of the world rely on knowledgeable people who can speak from the perspective of having lived abroad. Prejudice and ignorance are some of the biggest problems standing in the way of a better understanding between two countries’ peoples, and you will be a force for breaking down this barrier.
The tabs below display tips on how to support your child before, during and after their study abroad. Also, browse the links on the left menu to learn more about FERPA, billing, health and safety, and other information.