How to Convince Your Parents to Let You Study Abroad

How to Convince Your Parents to Let You Study Abroad

Studying abroad presents students with numerous opportunities and benefits. Not surprisingly then, an increasing number of students want to study abroad every year. Nearly all students need their parent's approval and support to study abroad. But as the Covid-19 pandemic spreads, your parents might be terrified by the thought of sending you abroad for studying. And it would all the more challenging for you to convince them to let you study abroad.


Research result shows the three biggest obstacles for most parents tend to be safety, cost of studying in a foreign country, and the program credentials. Further, based on Theresia Mina's experience, culture could be one of the factors, especially for Asians. In many countries, women face more barriers than men if they want to study abroad. But Theresia worked found how to convince her parents, and now she’s a Ph.D. graduate from the University of Edinburgh, U.K. If you’re having a hard time convincing your parents, here are some tips you can take:


1. Highlight the benefits


Research has found that you need to highlight multiple benefits of studying abroad, including cultural benefits (it will expose you to the wider world) and better career prospects. As mentioned in a previous article on IvyTies, studying abroad will give you a range of skills that employers want. Research also shows that study abroad is excellent for personal growth as it will help increase your self-confidence and self-awareness, equipping you to master a range of new situations. You need to share all these benefits with your parents


2. Financial plan


Cost is an important concern that can determine whether or not you can make your study abroad dreams come true. As stated in this research finding, cost is one of the top three reasons parents consider when thinking about study abroad. So you need to do your research and make a list of financial options that can support you. Make a list of all fees that you have to pay out of your own pocket, and a list of all scholarships, grants, and loans that you can apply for. It is very important to plan and discuss this in advance with your parents so they know that you have a plan for minimizing the study abroad cost.


3. Prove yourself at home first


You need to prove to your parents that you are serious about your studies. Parents are more likely to support study abroad for students who get good grades in school, who are responsible and independent, who do not have any bad habits, who fulfill all their duties responsibilities, and who do not cause trouble. All these characteristics signal that you are mature enough to study abroad.


4. Present clear research


Involve your parents in every aspect of your study abroad plan. Share with them the list of universities that you would like to apply for, along with a list of courses that you want to study. Show them the options for housing, and everything else would be important for them to know. This will communicate to your parents that you really want to study abroad and have planned everything carefully. Don't delay your research. The earlier the better. You can even start NOW!


5. Assure parents about your safety


Parents often worry about your safety. When their children go to a new country with a culture and people who are very different, it is but natural thing that they worry. Therefore, you have to convince them that you will be okay. Provide them facts and figures, information about the safety of the campus. Ask your parents to talk with students who have studied abroad before. Once your parents are not worried about you, they will be more inclined to support you.


In the end, come up with creative ways and convincing arguments at the right time. And remember that convincing your parents also takes some time, so keep showing them that you are serious about fulfilling your dream. Never give up!


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