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STUDENT LIFE / DEC. 31, 2014
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How to Deal With Parents that Don't Accept the Idea of Studying Abroad

After high school, you have an opportunity to travel abroad and obtain an education in another country. It’s affordable, the plans have been laid out and now all you have to do is seek the approval of your parents. This should be easy because you’re a responsible person who has never gotten into trouble. 

Unfortunately, after presenting your case for 20 minutes, your parents have emphatically rejected your proposition. Instead, they have informed you that you’re studying in the same state and there will be no further discussions about you traveling to Rome, Paris or Hong Kong to study. 

Not every parent wants to see their child fly away to another country to learn because it could be unsafe, dangerous and expensive. The other important thing: they’ll hardly see their child for the next four years. 

Your hopes may have been shattered, but perseverance is the way to go in order to win them over. Although they may be hesitant at first, showcasing your ability and desire to attain an education outside of your home country could be the only way to gain their acceptance. 

Here are five ways to deal with parents that don’t accept the idea of studying abroad 

1. Meeting with School Officials 

Establish an interview with your high school’s principals, teachers or guidance counsellors to explain to your parents what the entire program is like, how much it’ll cost and how you have a great track record. Also, attempt to arrange a telephone conversation with the other school’s staff to answer any questions your parents may have. 

2. An Abundance of Material 

It’s great that you went into detail about the program, but did you provide your parents with an abundance of reading material on studying abroad? If not then gather as much material as possible in addition to giving them a list of websites to visit to understand how it works, what it is and the costs associated with it. 

3. Budget 

To show them how serious you are, lay out a budget of your day-to-day expenses and tuition fees. Produce a detailed budget and highlight what you’ll be spending money on, what the tuition covers, how much rent will be and how much money you have saved up (if applicable).

4. What It Will Accomplish? 

Studying in a foreign land can create an array of opportunities and open you up to a whole new world. With that being said, you will have to explain to your parents just what exactly studying in Berlin or Sydney will accomplish as opposed to your hometown or home state. Will it provide better job opportunities? Will it cost less? Will it improve your marketability?

5. Record 

If after all of this they’re still unconvinced that you’re able to do it, present your entire record since turning 13: behavior, jobs, grades, attendance, school participation and other aspects to showcase how independent, smart and responsible you are. This may be the ace in the hole you need, to get the final OK to study abroad.

Any person will understand that traveling to a foreign country to study can be rather intimidating. However, it’s still a tremendous opportunity for anyone and this should be seized immediately, and parents have to understand this. Today’s labor market is globalized and highly competitive and perhaps studying abroad is the way to stay ahead of the competition.

Photo by bradleypjohnson via Flickr.

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