25 Jan 2020




The quest of getting approval from parents may sometimes be a difficult one, especially for first-generation university students, or people who come from families that don’t travel themselves. If your are someone who formerly have to convince your  parents to let you study abroad and also approve of your ambitions to work abroad while schooling, here are some tips that will help you convince your parents to let you study abroad.

  1. Assure Your Parents of Your Safety

Your safety is of the utmost importance to your parents and loved ones. In fact, this is probably the thing they are most concerned about when it comes to you living thousands of mil away from them.

Luckily, there are lots of international education program providers out there who have local staff on the ground whose job is to be there for you 24/7. By choosing to go abroad with a program, rather than by yourself, your parents will feel at ease knowing that people are there to check in on you in the case of an emergency.

  1. Convince Your Parents that Study Abroad is an Investment in Your Education

When parents think of the things they want to provide you with, it really comes down to a safe shelter, food, and education. While traveling is fun and life-changing, parents might not see it as a necessity.

When speaking to your parents in hopes of getting their approval to study abroad, really focus on the educational aspect of the experience, and how it is an investment in your future. By studying abroad in a country that differs vastly from yours, you’ll have a leg up in the career world later. You may gain new language skills, understand the ins and outs of another culture, and will become more globally minded. Explain to your parents that these skills will create a positive impact in you for years to come, and will likely help you find jobs easier after university too.

  1. Offer to Put Your Parents in Touch with Your University

Your parents may feel more at ease if they have the opportunity to speak to another adult. It’s not that they don’t trust you, or don’t value the things that you’re telling them. Instead, they just might want to hear more about the safety aspect, as well as the reasons to invest in an opportunity for you to study abroad from someone who works in the industry. Your study abroad advisors are there for both you and your family, so don’t hesitate to put them in touch with your parents if that will make them feel better.

  1. Remind Your Parents: This is Your Dream

If you’ve made your case effectively, your parents will easily see how much work you’ve put in to gather all of this information to present to them. Your efforts will prove to them that you’re a mature individual capable of studying abroad on the other side of the world.

  • Remind your parents of all the research you’ve done, and the impact this will make in your educational/career life.
  • End strong by saying, “This opportunity would mean the world to me and I’d really regret looking back on my life later with having taken this chance. It’ll help me enhance my educational experience while getting to see a new part of the world. I might not ever get an opportunity to do something like this again. I know it isn’t something you’re entirely eager about, but your support would really mean a lot to me. Remember, I’ll be back home soon.”

Each family is different, and some will be more open to international opportunities than others. It is not easy to get a parent who doesn’t travel on board to key into studying and living so far away. It actually goanna require a lot of idea presenting, and repetitive follow up conversations to get them to be okay with you living on the other side of the world. I think the important thing to stress here is your own maturity level, and how much this opportunity means to you. The combination of the two of those things will make it easier for your loved ones to be supportive of your decision to go overseas.

As a former study abroad student and as someone who now currently works abroad, I couldn’t recommend studying abroad more. It’ll change you in ways you didn’t know, by shaping not only your travel and career goals but by changing your mindset and making you become a more understanding person.




Refference: Danielle Ortiz-Geis








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