Questions all parents of children studying abroad should ask

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  What are the precautions taken for emergency situations for students?

If your child is miles away from you, it is natural that you will be worried about their safety. Every university has a set of precautions/rules that they follow in order to make sure that in case an emergency situation arises, your child is safe. It is hence important to get in touch with University representatives and get as much information possible on this aspect.

What are the post-study work opportunities?

As a student, the goal is always to finish graduation and begin working in the same country at least for a few years. However, not all countries allow international students to work. Moreover, it is important to make sure that there is a demand for the kind, of course, you are studying in the country as well.

What are the clear and visible advantages of studying at the chosen university?

Is the University going to provide enough exposure to the child in his/her field of interest? Is the course structure & modules in line with the current technological trends and market requirements? Will it align with your child’s interests? There is no harm in aiming for a good University but one must learn to find a balance between career interest and University prospects. These are a few questions one must address before choosing a university or course.

Are there any legal/political tensions going around in the country?

Over the past several years, we have observed a lot of tensions arising in several developing as well as developed countries due to political instability. Although not a huge concern most times but still, parents should vary of the magnitude of these situations and make a favourable decision.

Are there any country-specific requirements or documents?

Each university/country has a different requirement when it comes to documentation. It is important to be well-informed and keep it in place in order to avoid delays in the admission process. For eg: USA Universities will involve issuing I-20 to prove financial capability whereas Germany would need a blocked bank account. Obtaining a Police clearance certificate from your home country is another important document which most countries will require during the VISA process.