Parents Just Don’t Understand! Help Your Parents Understand the Importance of Studying Abroad

 

You want to go abroad, but you think your parents won’t understand why you should go.  During this Christmas holiday (and after) share the following 3 benefits of study abroad with your parents:

Reason 1: Studying abroad will enhance your resume and can make you more employable

By studying abroad, you will gain skills that employers value such as cross-cultural communication and competency as well as the ability to adapt to unfamiliar situations.  Remind your parents that when you graduate you will be competing for jobs and for spots in graduate school with students not only your own institution but from around the world. Studying abroad can be the thing that gives you an edge over your competition locally and internationally.

Reason 2: Studying abroad is academically beneficial

Whether it’s studying a foreign language, taking courses not offered at your home university or learning a different style of teaching, study abroad offers countless academic benefits. Talking to your parents about the academic aspect of study abroad will show them that going abroad will enhance your academic experience and be beneficial for you now and in the future.

Reason 3: Studying abroad will increase independence and your self-confidence

You’ve probably heard the saying that if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. We disagree.  If you can make it in Beijing, Istanbul, London, or Rio de Janeiro you can make it anywhere! Whether it’s navigating through a city where you don’t speak the language or simply dealing with and resolving conflict in another culture, let your parents know that studying abroad will help you build independence, increase self-confidence and be better prepared to face future challenges.

In addition to these three benefits be ready to answer these questions your parents may have about study abroad:

Why do you want to go abroad?

Will it be safe?

How much will it cost?

Will it delay your graduation?

Where do you want to go? Why?

How will we stay in contact?

Ultimately you know your parents the best. Think about what questions they ask about study abroad an be ready to answer them.

Learn more about study abroad benefits: http://www.diversityabroad.com/study-abroad/benefits-to-study-abroad

For your parents, make sure they learn more about study abroad for parents here: http://www.diversityabroad.com/parents/why-your-child-should-study-abroad

You’re The First In Your Family To Study Abroad? You Better Be Prepared!

Being a first generation student to study abroad can be an overwhelming experience, however, you do not have to go it alone.  In preparing for study abroad, here are a few tips to help you successfully navigate the process:

  1. Talk to Your Advisors and Fellow Students:  When preparing to study abroad, seek advice from people at your current university or college.  Generally, most study abroad advisors are open to discussing studying abroad with students.  In addition, talk to students who have already studied abroad.  They can give you firsthand advice about the process of living abroad. Some universities have organizations specifically focused on advising and preparing students to study abroad.
  1. Personal Research:  Do personal research by reading books about study abroad. There are many books available that can guide you through many of the issues you will face during your studies in your host country.  Of course, books may not answer all your questions, but they are a good place to start.
  1. Find Support:  Once abroad, it is important to have a support unit in place.  Form a cohort with other students in your program.  Having a group to work with will provide you with the support needed to successfully navigate your program.
  1. Take Advantage of Opportunities: Do not return from your program abroad without taking advantage of international opportunities. While abroad, your uniqueness will be a great icebreaker to help you make friends with locals.

Having support and information before and after studying abroad can go a long way in helping you prepare for your time abroad.  Use the study abroad search function to find a program that works for you.