Get All the Support You Need When Your Child Studies Abroad

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Get All the Support You Need When Your Child Studies Abroad

It’s always a big event when your child leaves home and heads off to college. If your child has decided to study abroad in the UK, the moment may seem magnified. You will likely have a number of questions, with the safety and security of your traveling student being foremost in mind. You may think that with your son or daughter so far away, your role as a parent may be diminished, but frequently this is not the case. Your child will still need advice and encouragement as they experience exciting moments, meet new friends and grow as a person. As your child learns and matures, your relationship can strengthen and deepen if you remain engaged in their life.

  • The Primary Importance of the Safety and Security of Your Child

    Many young people believe they are invincible and do not spend as much time as they should on safety precautions and planning. As a parent, though, this is an area where you excel: looking out for the best interests of your child. There are a number of things you can do, both before your son or daughter leaves and while he or she is studying abroad, to increase safety and security. Help your child choose a school that takes safety as seriously as you do. A little bit of research provides valuable insights on the safety record of a potential college. You could even call local law enforcement and ask questions about the reputation of the school for safety. Inquire about the medical resources nearby. You can find out if there is a good hospital close should your child need emergency treatment. You can see if there is a clinic in the neighborhood or on campus that is skilled at treating common illnesses, or that is equipped to offer hepatitis and flu vaccinations. Find out if the school your student is attending has automatic travel and accident insurance as part of the tuition. Many institutions have this and it can reduce anxiety for both you and your child. Enroll your child with the embassy of your country and find out what steps to take in the case of an emergency. Take advantage of the resources of the embassy. Discuss safety and health precautions with your son or daughter before they leave. Make sure to cover the following items: Vaccinations Sexual health Alcohol and drugs Culture shock Your role as a parent may even increase as your child heads off to the UK to study for an undergraduate or graduate degree, or to pursue a pathway program to strengthen his or her English language skills. It is important to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible to plan for any complications that may occur. Fortunately, there are a number of resources for you and your student to rely on.

  • How Support From School and Other Resources Make for a Positive Experience

    Successfully navigating the complicated challenges of choosing the perfect college in the UK is difficult for both parents and students. The university or college your student is interested can offer a lot of valuable information, as it deals with foreign students on a daily basis. It makes sense to take advantage of solid support from school with its experience and resources. Another resource to tap is a third party of experienced educators such as SchoolApply, which can help you in numerous ways. Here are six areas of assistance our college search service can offer. Determine the level of service – You can decide how much help you and your child wish to receive. A basic level grants you access to over 4,000 schools worldwide, a list of suggested schools for your son or daughter and a shortlist of favorite schools. Get help with the application process – Each college, university or program has its own unique set of rules, forms, fees and requirements to fill out. Our service will aid you and your child in the completion of these items and pay the application fees for three schools at a medium service level. Receive an application review – After your son or daughter has filled out the applications, an experienced educator will look them over to make sure they are of a high quality. The reviewer can catch errors in spelling and grammar and make other suggestions. Since many applications require an essay, the service also provides essay assistance. 1-on-1 counseling – An experienced counselor can help you and your student decide which schools make the most sense to apply for. The advisor will have knowledge of which programs in the UK are strongest in particular fields of study. Obtain visa application assistance – To assist your student with the visa application process, we will help collect and verify the materials needed to study abroad in the UK. The service will also help prepare your son or daughter for the visa application interview by setting up a mock interview session. Receive a university acceptance guarantee or your money back – If your student is not accepted into any of the programs he or she applies for, you will receive a full guarantee. This valuable benefit is not routinely offered by other services. With the higher levels of service, your child receives assistance in searching for available scholarships at the schools he or she is most interested in, the application fees for five to ten schools, and flight booking and accommodation support. A personal SchoolApply concierge will be assigned to your case, freely available for discussion and assistance. This advisor can help with anything related to the application process.

  • Keep the Lines of Communication Open Between You and Your Student

    For non-native English speakers, it is especially important that you establish a strong communication routine. Each child, of course, is different, and each study abroad experience is unique, but most students enjoy speaking with someone from home on a regular basis. A phone call once a week or so, regular texts, connection on Facebook or Twitter all provide benefits for both you and your child. Here are a few reasons why keeping a dialogue open with your child is important. A phone conversation is the perfect antidote for loneliness. No matter how confident your student is, there will be times he or she will miss home or feel lonely. A conversation from home will go a long way towards relieving this temporary situation. It will feel good for you both to celebrate the positive things that happen at college and to discuss the challenges of the social and academic scene. Regular texts allow you to keep current. Things change quickly in the life of a college student. Your student might drop and add a class, move from one student housing to another, or even begin a new part-time job. Texts are a great way to find out new contact information in case you need to get in touch with each other. Facetime or Skype enables you to get a visual of your child from time to time. It is nice to see your child via Skype or some other service now and then. This gives you a better idea of how they are doing and can be a powerful tool for important milestones such as a birthday, the acing of a test or the completion of a big project. If your son or daughter misses a family pet, this is a good way to establish a little contact. An ongoing dialogue gives you the opportunity to make plans. If one thing is for certain, life for your son or daughter will not remain static while he or she is studying abroad. There will likely be requests for money, documentation needs and travel plans to make. As the parent, you may be asked to send an important document to your student, or you might wish to mail a care package to the student housing. You can make plans for visits home or for you to visit the college. All of this is possible with a well-thought out communication plan. Conversation gives you the chance to offer advice and encouragement. As a parent, it is hard to not be able to offer advice and to root for the success of your child. Your son or daughter may act as though he or she is too old for this, but most children enjoy this. Frequent conversations give you the chance to offer your own wisdom and to tell your child how proud you are of him or her.

  • A Plan For Every Need

    Communicating with your child when he or she is hundreds or thousands of miles away in a new land is a vital necessity. It pays to come up with a good plan and to know the ins and outs of cell phone communication and other methods of reaching out. The ability to contact your son or daughter when needed relieves anxiety and dispels worries. For more information, check out the plans we offer at SchoolApply. You can pick the level of service that best fits the needs of your family and that can pave the way for the success of your student.

Levels Explained

  • Bachelor's

    A bachelor's degree (also called a first degree or undergraduate degree) is attained after receiving a post-secondary (high school) education and generally spans four years. Students pursuing these types of degrees are commonly referred to as bachelor or undergraduate students. A bachelor's degree is usually offered at an institution of higher education, such as a university.

  • Master's

    A master’s degree (or postgraduate or graduate education) involves learning and studying for academic or professional degrees. This degree is preceded by a bachelor’s degree and generally takes two years to complete. Students pursuing these types of degrees are commonly referred to as master's, or grad students.

  • Pathway

    Bachelor’s and master’s pathway programs are designed for international students who need additional English language and academic preparation before continuing to a degree program at a university. The purpose of these programs are to give students the confidence and skills needed to succeed in college.