New book launched to help expat parents with children studying abroad

by Ray Clancy on June 10, 2015

Children of expat parents are more likely to study in a variety of countries but finding information about different education system can be time consuming.

A new book, A Parent’s Guide to Study Abroad, aims to arm parents with the knowledge they and their children need to make an informed choice with practical information written by an international careers expert and international study experts.

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A new book, A Parent’s Guide to Study Abroad, aims to help parents make informed choices about schooling

‘Studying abroad opens our children’s eyes to new ways of thinking about the world. It helps our children learn to solve problems in cross cultural contexts and supports critical thinking skills,’ said lead author Stacie Berdan.

‘Studying abroad is also one of the best ways for our children to acquire international experience, an increasingly important component to a college graduate’s resume. Parents should do everything they can to encourage their children to study abroad,’ she added.

Recognizing that parents are part of what makes education better in every community and at almost every level, the authors make a strong case for the importance of parental involvement that can influence and shape a successful cross-cultural experience.

The key to a successful course of study is identifying the right study abroad programme and working out the costs, according to the book which is published by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

It also covers other crucial areas that can be forgotten in the excitement of starting a new course such as staying safe and healthy in whichever country is chosen and how to offer help and support from afar.

‘In today’s interconnected world, one of the best gifts we can give our children is to help them develop a global mind-set so that they will be best positioned for success in our competitive, global marketplace,’ explained Berdan, adding that she and co-authors IIE president Allan Goodman and president of the American Institute for Foreign Study Foundation William Gertz have either guided, or is currently guiding, our own children to pursue international experiences.

It also covers the myriad of scholarships that are now available in many countries for international students from organisations like the IIE but also governments in countries such as the United States, Australia, the UK and Ireland.

The IIE is also asking teachers to encourage young people to study abroad. ‘Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders. Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise,’ said Goodman.

‘We aspire to make international part of every student’s experience. To achieve our goal of doubling study abroad by the end of the decade, it is essential to work with teachers and support them in building a pipeline of students who are prepared to take advantage of international opportunities,’ he added.

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