1. Where exactly to study in England?
Of course, the very first place that comes to everyone’s mind when they think of England is London with its cultural attractions such as Big Ben, the British Museum or Buckingham Palace (so close to the royal family!).
But there are other great places in the country to consider, such as Cambridge or Oxford. They have the best educational institutions in the world.
Or how about Liverpool or Manchester, which can offer your child an authentic experience of English life.
And you can also refer to the rating and start your search from there! Here’s a ranking link to help you:
IMPORTANT: Don’t forget there are many private schools in England where ONLY boys or girls study.
2. Are summer programs better?
Summer programs in England during the holidays are one of the best and most popular options for teen travelers.
Two to four weeks is the ideal time to make the most of the summer program. Since it gives you the first step towards British education and understanding whether this option of further education is suitable for you or not.
On the program, you can choose a direction focused on a specific area, for example, British literature, science, language immersion, music, history or sports, etc.
It is important to note that many guys begin to show their talents during training and this is a great opportunity to unleash their potential.
3. What is the average cost?
The budget you will need to consider depends on various factors such as the type of program, location, duration of the program, and what it includes.
However, prices can start at around $1,000 for a two-week program, around $8,000 for a summer program, and over $20,000 for a full semester (although there are many more affordable programs).
Contact the college/school to see if you can apply for financial assistance such as a scholarship or grant.
And also, if you book the program in advance, as a rule, the cost may be lower.
4. How do I know my child will be safe?
I am sure you have looked at the information carefully before choosing the right program for your child. You read the reviews, you weighed your options, and sure enough, safety was the deciding factor. This way, you already know that your child will be safe: either in a host family or in a hostel with 24/7 security.
Now it’s time to trust the program or chaperones and know that your child is in good hands. As a rule, most schools have their territory where students study and live. Teachers and staff are housed in the same area.
Most programs also offer 24/7 emergency support. Teachers and other adults will almost always be there to offer all the help and support your child needs.
Before your child leaves, make sure they have all their immunizations and have a supply of medicines they need to take. Although some funds can be easier to buy locally.
Now all you have to do is trust the college and let your child learn!
5. Do all programs provide a core curriculum?
The cost of most programs includes accommodation (in a host family, in a campus dormitory, or in rare cases in a separate apartment). Depending on where you live, meals can also be provided, as well as transfers to and from school.
It makes things easier, doesn’t it? Please contact the school for full details of what is included before paying any fees.
However, some programs only include accommodation, and meals and transportation will be financed out of your pocket.
It can teach your child how to budget! They’ll want to go to the museum, hang out with friends, and shop: once you’ve narrowed down the costs of the program, focus on the spending budget—and don’t forget to factor in exchange rates.
6. What types of scams or warning signs should I be on the lookout for?
Check out both the top-rated programs and the bottom-rated programs to get a better idea of what the good ones include and what to avoid.
You can also contact the school directly and ask for more information or a brochure. The institution should provide you with a courteous and detailed answer, and they should direct you to their website or invite you to call them. (Which you should do. You know, just to make sure!)
Look at who answers the phone, how they answer your questions, and the amount of information they give you. Ask as many questions as you can until you have no doubts.
And of course, you can connect your child to this process, you can easily find it through social networks. networks of children who are already studying or have studied there. It will be great to chat with them and ask “What can you say about this school”, “What are your impressions”, etc.
7. Can I keep in touch with my child regularly while he is studying abroad?
With the help of modern technology, you can certainly keep in touch with your child while studying at a secondary school in England.
Messaging messengers and FaceTime are great tools to check if your child is doing well. But it doesn’t hurt if you give your teens a little more space to enjoy their time abroad.
We know what you want to hear about everything, but they will be able to tell you everything in person when they get home. Let them breathe a little freedom!
Also, don’t forget that your child also has classes on most days and will be busy with school activities and hanging out with friends.
Therefore, a missed call does not mean that something is wrong. It simply means that your child is in class or taking part in activities and will call you back soon.
Pro Tip: Set a communication schedule, like texting every other day or FaceTime a couple of times a week.
8. How can I help you get the most out of this experience?
The most important thing you can do to help your child get the most out of studying abroad is to plan the experience together, step by step, and according to their needs and desires, not yours. Let them do what interests them.
Be there, but don’t pressure them. Your child will come to you for advice, to discuss options, etc.
Also, help them pack up! Remember this is a high school in England (it often rains) so they will need a raincoat and umbrella, comfortable walking shoes. At least one good set of clothes for going out or school activities, and a light jacket, even if it’s the summer season.
Make sure you have your passport, money, and a charging battery with you in case their phone runs out of power.