Studying abroad is a fantastic way for your child to see the world, develop as a person, broaden their international network, and obtain foreign work experience.

However, encouraging your children to relocate to a new country – even temporarily, can make parents nervous. As parents, we dedicate ourselves to our children and their best interests – from the moment that they’re born. Every decision we make is driven by our desire to see them succeed and become happy, successful adults. From preschool to university, there isn’t a moment that their future doesn’t cross our minds.

It’s natural to feel overwhelmed, or afraid at the thought. But, with a strategy – a plan of action put into place – making the transition is easier than you think. So – if you’re one of the many parents who have recently found themselves in this position, here are a few things for you to consider before making your decision.


Why should you consider letting your child study abroad?

This is an important decision that can benefit your child in many ways, such as:


1. Real-world skills immersion

Cultural sensitivity and second language ability are two skills that businesses today urgently want. Students can improve both skills by studying overseas, which can help them stand out in today’s competitive job market.


2. Enhanced global networking and friendships

Global friendships are one of the most rewarding aspects of studying abroad. Many of these bonds will last long after the students have returned home. Your child will almost certainly be in the company of people who are studying their subject, which will considerably broaden their global professional network.


3. A new sense of confidence

Getting used to culture shock, trying strange meals, and learning a new public transport system are all part of the adventure! Students frequently return home with a well-deserved sense of self-assurance in their abilities to solve problems and adapt to life’s obstacles, which is a fantastic attitude to have!


4. Truly mastering the global language

Experiencing daily life in another country allows you to understand how a language is genuinely spoken, including facial expressions, body language, and local idioms that a textbook can’t teach you. Total immersion is the only way to become fluent in a language – particularly, English!



How do you pick the right programme?

Here’s what you need to ask potential institutions.

– Will financial aid apply? If so, how much?

– What is included in the tuition?

– When will the semester start and end?

– What type of in-country support will there be?

– What accommodation options are available?

– What is the VISA application process?

Lastly, you’ll definitely want to consider reading reviews from past alumni. You’ll learn a lot hearing about their first-hand experiences and it may even help relieve any anxiety you may have.



BSC Young Learners – here to support you and your child

All of this might be intimidating, especially if your child is going away for the first time. The team at BSC and BSC Young Learners are dedicated to assisting students from the moment they decide to study at an international college until they arrive in the United Kingdom!

We will continue to support them with any pre-departure requirements or questions they may have. We’ll be there to help your child settle in at their new university and make the move as seamless as possible.

It’s difficult for parents to let their children leave the nest, especially if you’ve been their primary caregiver for the past 18 years. However, knowing that your child will have a support system in a new country may be a huge comfort for many parents.

At BSC, we know the value that mastering the art of the English language can bring to your child’s life, and we’re here to help your family by giving you the opportunity to excel!

Discover our BSC Young Learners programmes and FAQs