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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.

Mike SteidelMike 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. 

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

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

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