The following is a list of essential information to help parents prepare students for study abroad.
Studying abroad can be a defining period in a student’s educational experience; it will transform their perspectives on the global environment and significantly contribute to their personal growth and future goals. However, you - and the student - may have a wide range of feelings about this upcoming experience, from excitement about its potential to stress at the idea of being far apart and dealing with a new culture.
Encouraging independence before students depart will make it easier for them to thrive once they are actually in Greece. Students may ask for help in preparing for their studies abroad, for example. Instead of offering to do something for them (filling out paperwork, calling our office, etc.), you can empower them by encouraging them to do the research necessary to complete tasks themselves. Before they depart, also make sure that you discuss their and your own expectations and encourage them to contact our on-site staff if they have any questions or concerns once they arrive in Greece.