front page Dear Parents,
Living and studying abroad is often a very challenging and rewarding experience. As a parent you are naturally excited that your son or daughter will have the opportunity for tremendous academic and personal growth but we understand that at the same time you also have concerns and questions about the challenges ahead.
Dream Foundation 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 to 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.
Dream Foundation recognizes 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 a new culture and way of life.
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 "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 to 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 so 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 the time abroad and all will be fine again pretty soon.