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How Can Parents Help Students With International University Prep?

The international university search can be hard, and as a parent, you should help without overstepping. Here's an expert checklist on how to do it.

CX experts generic imageMike Steidel
Dean of Admission
Carnegie Mellon University
Being a parent during the admission process can be just as hard on you as on your student. Knowing when to step in and when to back off is a delicate balance. Here's a checklist of ways you can help your student in the search for a great international university. 

  • Learn what factors are important to your student's college search.
  • Read anything you can get about those colleges and universities that are high on their list.
  • Make use of every technology available to facilitate the college search: phone, fax, email, and the internet.
  • It’s never too early—or too late—to begin financial planning to meet college costs.
  • Use your teen's college counselor wisely; counselors can provide a wealth of good advice and information.
  • Use the resources and assistance of the US government provided by overseas Educational Advising Centers.
  • Know who to contact: Get the phone numbers and email addresses of international admission staff members where a student has applied.
  • Make use of alumni who support the admission process of their alma maters. They can provide valuable firsthand information.
  • If possible, help your student make arrangements to visit college campuses.
  • Remember, this is your student's admission process—support, but don’t lead.

We have a ton more advice to help students from countries around the world in the university search in our International Students section. 

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