When it comes to their future, you probably know that your students have specific ambitions, concerns and pre-conceptions about the university application process - especially if they’re thinking of applying to university abroad.
But, as you’ve probably already discovered, the university application journey is one that is shared with parents.
For many parents, the journey towards university is one of mixed emotions. Many parents are undoubtedly hopeful for their son/daughter’s future, concerned that their student is making the right life decision and experiencing some trepidation as their child begins the transition into adult life.
Some of the concerns parents have about their son/daughter applying internationally may include:
- The chances of their son/daughter getting accepted into university (and possibly a prestigious/high ranking university).
- Their child’s safety when studying in a foreign country.
- The affordability of university/college and the chances of their son/daughter being able to apply for financial aid.
- Feeling involved in their son or daughter’s overall university application progress.
Counselors vary in how and when they like to include parents in the university application process. But however you do it, it’s vital to ensure that parents do feel bought into the university application process, and that they feel they are getting all of the information they need.
So this week, we’re going to explore some tips for ensuring that parents become your allies when managing international university applications. We’ll look at some strategies and exercises you can do to ensure that parents always feel like part of the process.