This blog is for your parents. Hand them your laptop/iPad/phone or whatever it is you’re reading this on now!
Parents - this section is for you!
We guess by now your child has come to you about their plans to study abroad. A shock at first we can imagine, but even if you were completely on-board from the beginning, or even if it was your idea to begin with, this blog will give you some really important advice on what to expect, and what you can do to support your child studying abroad.
Being nervous is natural for any parent, but being relaxed and supportive will make this journey more enjoyable for everyone involved.
1. Get involved with the paperwork
Firstly, this will make you feel in control of this process.
You may be paying for flight tickets or other expenses, so you’ll want to know exactly what’s going on.
Together with your child, it’s best to make a checklist of everything you need. Good Overseas Education Consultants can provide you with a fully comprehensive list of what’s needed, and together you can tick off each item as things progress.
You’ll want to know about:
what to pack and what to take in hand luggage.
This can seem overwhelming to begin with, but once you have everything written down in front of you and check items off, you’ll feel more at ease.
Good Overseas Education Consultants can provide you with a fully comprehensive list of what’s needed, and together you can tick off each item as things progress.
2. Health and safety
Probably your biggest concern as a parent.
The welfare of your child whilst they are abroad is a feeling that’ll never completely go away. But, there are things you can do to put your mind at ease.
The University International Student Support Team are fantastic in making sure international students are settled and safe.
Starting with pre-travel healthcare.
It’s always advisable to get a quick health checkup before your child travels.
For a UK study visa, you’ll need a TB certificate anyway, so why not have the peace of mind that your child has a clean bill of health before travelling.
If your child does require any medication, make sure they have enough for their journey and for when they are settling into a new country.
It’s also worth checking that any medication they take is accessible in the country they are travelling too. It’s a good idea to search the equivalent brands of medicine in a different country so that when your child arrives, they are comfortable and knowledgeable about what to ask for in a pharmacy.
Finally, there is no harm in packing a small first aid kit in case of emergencies.
In terms of safety whilst abroad, make sure you speak with the university. Most universities will have policies to keep their students safe, particularly international students.
They will often have an ‘International Student Support Team’ that will help with a whole range of potential issues. From our experience of working at a University, the International Student Support Team was fantastic in making sure international students are settled and safe.
Further to this, there are companies out there that offer full security and student safety packages from GPS tracking to emergency flights! Get in touch with us here to find out more
3. Have emergency contact information
Sounds like an obvious one, but often overlooked is the detail here.
Have a plan, for every circumstance.
This can be from
Delayed flights, especially if you have a layover,
For example, if your flight is cancelled and you are stuck in Dubai airport, do you have some currency to use? Do you know what the airline will cover? Will you need to get your own hotel? When’s the next flight going out?
Go into as much detail as you can for every circumstance.
To add to this, make sure everybody knows who to contact in case of an emergency and have a backup person and another backup person, just in case!
Also have different methods of contact, such as WhatsApp or any other platform that only requires WiFi.
4. Do not worry
Have trust in the process. You’ve done everything you can, your overseas education consultant is on hand to help and the university will offer continued support.
There are ways you can help with the stress of your child being in another country.
Research yourself about the particular city they are going to.
Find out where the campus is, where are the nearest shops, where is the accommodation, where is the nearest hospital, where is the nearest pharmacy. This will all put your mind at ease.