If your child is considering an exchange for a semester, or even a whole year abroad, this information may help you feel confident in their decision. Sending your child off overseas can be scary. An overseas exchange might be the first time they've travelled without you, or it might be the first time they've been overseas at all.
But studying overseas is an exciting opportunity. Your child will experience new cultures and languages, eat things they've never tried before, make new friends and have fun. But importantly they'll gain a valuable international perspective in their study and forge global career connections.
We've compiled this list of tips to help prepare you and your child for the exciting adventure ahead.
Your number-one concern about allowing your child to take part in study overseas is likely to be their safety. Their safety is also very important to us. At Monash we have state-of-the art campus security, and we ensure our safe environment with 24-hour campus security that includes regular security patrols and CCTV camera surveillance.
Read more about the safety of our campuses, as well as tips for preparing your child for overseas study.
Support when they need it
The Monash Abroad team are dedicated to ensuring your child has an amazing time away (there are lots of extracurricular events and activities to get involved with), that the subjects they choose to study make sense for their degree, and that they always have someone to speak to if they need help.
We'll help with finding accommodation, applying for scholarships, and (depending on their program) we'll even pick them up from the airport when they arrive – it's all part of life at Monash.
But don't take out word for it – find out what our students say.
Career and study benefits
Monash's international reputation
It may not top the list of your concerns, but you might be surprised to learn that according to the New York Times, the world's top CEOs are more likely to hire Monash graduates. This means that adding a Monash experience to your child's CV is likely to set them apart in today's competitive employment market.
Read more about why your child should choose Monash.
Our exchange partners' reputations
We've chosen our exchange partners because, like Monash, they're very highly ranked by independent bodies, and highly regarded for their innovative approaches to research and teaching. For example, our partners in Finland are among the best business schools in the world. Our partners also share Monash's ethos of creating global citizens. They have excellent student support programs, provide lots of advice and services (like accommodation and scholarships) and are committed to ensuring your child's safety during their time away.
Exchange rather than a gap year
Exchange can be a great alternative to your child taking a gap year, or leave of absence, from their study in order to see the world. By combining study and travel, your child won't add to the length of time they'll need to complete their degree, but they'll get to travel, meet new people and have fun. More than this, they'll have an excellent achievement to add to their CV, rather than a hole they might need to explain to potential employers later.
Exchange doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, when compared with backpacking, exchange and study abroad can be a much more affordable option. This is because Monash, many of our partners, the Australian government and many international bodies provide funding in the way of scholarships, grants and loans to allow students to travel cheaply while continuing their study.
Staying in contact
If you have any questions about the different exchange and study abroad options available, you should encourage your child to contact us. Exchange is an empowering experience that should be embraced by your child in every aspect – from initial enquiry, through to choosing a destination and getting on the plane.
For reasons regarding privacy we're unable to discuss information about enrolment and applications with a third party.
With your child
Every Monash campus has free wifi. This means your child will always have access to a fast, free internet service – making keeping in contact easy. You might like to:
- read their travel blog – it's a great way to keep in touch, and also a great way to record adventures
- join Facebook or Twitter for real-time contact and updates
- get a Skype account so you can talk to each other over the internet rather than using phone cards or making costly calls
- keep in touch via email
- invest in an international sim card for their mobile phone (it's much cheaper than international roaming)
- go the old fashioned way and send each other postcards – they make nice keepsakes for the refrigerator door.
It's a good idea to talk about how you will communicate while your child is away before they leave. Like any big adventure, it will likely occupy a lot of their time and energy. Maybe sure you each have clear expectations about the amount of communication you need during this time.