One of the big questions when it comes to studying abroad is exactly what your child will study. After all, there are a lot of options out there, so many that it can be a bit dizzying to look through them. The student may already know what he wants to study - or think that he knows - but there are still some things that need to be taken care of before a final decision is made.
What is the purpose of studying abroad?
This is a difficult question to answer when it is presented in general terms, but it isn't really when it is presented as a personal choice. After all, your child may want to become fluent in another language, explore a different subject than the one she is already studying at home, learn and experience in a different culture, continue her studies abroad or even go to a famous university in the subject that she wants to be a professional in.
Your child may want to do all of these things, but it is important that she narrows them down. That way, she will be able to choose an institution that is right for her.
How long should my child be abroad for?
It depends! If your child just wants to learn a new language, he may be able to go abroad for just a few weeks or even half a year. For a more intensive studying abroad experience, your student can stay there for a semester, a full year or even the entire length of her degree program. Knowing what your student wants to study and how long it will take her to study is a great step towards the end goal.
How do I make sure my child gets into her chosen course?
You need to make sure that your child meets the entry requirements for the study abroad program that she is interested in. These will vary depending on a particular program, and may include things like language ability and past academic credits. It's really important to research this before applying, as not meeting the entry requirements could end up being a waste of money and harming your child's self-esteem and drive to study abroad.
There are other requirements that will vary depending on the school and program, including an interview or a personal statement about why your child wants to study abroad.