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Questions that parents of international students must ask

Top 12 questions to ask before you send your child to study abroad

It’s natural for you as a parent to worry when planning to send your child abroad to study. There are many questions that cross your mind concerning their education – choosing the right course, country, and university, making applications, study visa and most importantly, their safety. Most of the times, parents are often clueless about where to begin and what questions to ask to make the right decision. Here are the top 12 questions you must ask to make a sound decision. 

1. How will an international degree benefit my child?

An international degree helps develop a global perspective and provides your child with an unmatched experience. The curriculum is experiential and designed on the lines of industry needs to help students gain the required knowledge and become work ready. 

Read more: What drives students to choose a destination to study abroad?

2. When should my child start with the application?

Ideally at least a minimum of 6-8 months in advance. The application deadline varies by country, institution, and course. Therefore, it's advised to check the university website or get in touch with an international education specialist who can guide you through the entire application process.

Read more: What is the timeline for 2021 intakes? 

3. What are the possible ways in which I can help my child? 

As a parent, you can start doing basic research for them. Understand more about your child’s goals and interests and research accordingly. Discuss their aspirations openly. In fact, you can always come to IDP to help you evaluate your child’s profile and find the best fit for them in terms of country, university, and course. 

What are the basic documents required to make an application?

Here’s the list of basic documents that your child will require to submit while applying: 

  1. Proofs of academic history along with a Statement of Purpose (SOP)Letter of Recommendation (LOR), CV and work experience (if any).

  2. Test scores in English-language proficiency tests like IELTS.

  3. Financial proofs that exhibit you can bear university fees, living expenses and the visa fee. These have to be submitted with the bank account statements and sponsorship document.

  4. Supporting documents like passport photograph, residential proof, photo ID and income proof. 

  5. Travel documents like age proof, health insurance, passport, and vaccination proof.

5. How does it help my child’s career graph? 

With an international degree, your child will always have an advantage over his/her peers. Armed with global experience and mindset, they will always be a priority candidate or employers across the world.   

Read more: Employment prospects abroad

6. How safe will a new country be for my child? 

This is the most common question that concerns every parent before sending their child abroad to study abroad. You’ll have to understand that student safety is every international institution’s top priority. or this, they set up intensive protocols and measures to keep all students safe on and off-campus. Some institutions and governments also have special departments to cater to international students separately.  

Read more: International student safety guide

7. Why should I send them to a country with no acquaintances? 

Mostly, parents shortlist a country based on the fact that they have relatives or friends there who can be the go-to person for your child abroad. While this is convenient, it should not be the only criteria as international exposure influences the personality of an individual to become more independent and confident. Besides, all universities and governments have a proper support system in place right from the airport pick up to medical care for international students.  

8. How affordable is it to send my child abroad to study? 

Keep a budget in mind while deciding the country for your child to study. Yes, international education comes at a cost, but the experience is worth it. The return on investment too is huge once your child graduates with an international degree. Plus, you can always apply for various scholarships to ease some of your financial stress. 

Read more: Cost of studying abroad

9. What are the accommodation options for my child? 

Every country has a number of accommodation options (both on-campus and off-campus) such as dormitories, rented apartments or host families. Most institutions also have tie-ups with various accommodation partners to help find the right place for your child. 

Explore accommodation services abroad by IDP

10. What will my child eat? 

This is the most concern of an Indian mother – what will my child eat? Don’t worry, there are many Indian food joints abroad where your child can eat from. On the other hand, it is a good idea to teach them some basic cooking skills to enjoy homemade food. Some students also love to eat out and thus explore various new cuisines. So, relax, there is nothing to worry about! 

Read more: Maintain a healthy lifestyle abroad 

11. What if my child goes through culture shock?

That’s a very common phenomenon and there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Every student gets slightly jolted when they reach a new place, but with time they come around and learn to adjust with their new surroundings. 

Read more: How to deal with culture shock

12. How will IDP guide in my child’s study abroad journey? 

We have an experienced team of international education specialists who’ve been helping students live their dream of studying abroad for more than 50 years. Many of them have been international students themselves and hence understand the process first-hand. IDP will handhold your child through the entire process from shortlisting the course and university to their predeparture. 

Visit IDP’s virtual office 

Updated on March 21, 2021

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