Dear Parents

Living and studying abroad is often a challenging, but rewarding experience. As a parent you are naturally excited that your son or daughter will have the opportunity for tremendous academic and personal growth. Although, we do understand that at the same time you also have concerns and questions about the challenges ahead. 

UniversityAdmission pays great attention to the safety and well-being of the future international student. Our staff and partners are doing their best to support students and prepare them to succeed in their new host culture. The exciting study abroad journey begins with making the decision of going to study abroad. It continues with gathering information, consulting, submitting an application form, participating in interviews and taking necessary tests.  

Culture Shock

UniversityAdmission recognises the important role you have played in your child’s decision to start an academic cross-cultural journey. We encourage you to continue to support your child as they learn about new cultures and ways of living. Students often find that their host culture is not what they expected. Sometimes it turns out to be better, other times worse. 

This is generally called a "culture shock" and as a parent you will often be the consultant as your child tries to make sense of their new environment. Students may be confused and more emotional than usual while abroad. So you may receive a happy phone call one day and a very sad e-mail the next. Getting used to a new way of life can be difficult and it takes a while to settle in. It is important for the family and friends to understand that the process is absolutely normal and that they should remain supportive. 

Reverse Culture Shock

Coming home can be just as difficult. You will notice that your child has developed personally. This is particularly true for students who spend a year or more abroad. It will take a bit of time to re-adjust and one may feel frustrated because he or she has experienced that much, but everything at home still feels the same. Expect your child to experience some level of confusion and a wide range of emotions. Be patient and give him or her some time to share stories and memories from their time abroad and all will be fine again pretty soon.