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Advice For Parents

Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in The United States. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

How safe is the United States?

The US is generally considered very safe for foreign travellers. Possible threats ranging from severe weather to crime vary greatly from region to region, so you should research your child’s chosen university and its surrounding areas. By federal law, all US universities must provide campus crime statistics – you can find a list of all university crime statistics using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Tool.

Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:

• Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
• Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
• Not making valuables obvious
• Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
• Being wary of strangers
• Being careful of traffic

Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month.

Luckily, America is an extremely technologically advanced society, so you should have no problem staying in contact. Here are a few tips if your child opts to study an undergraduate degree in the United States:

• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection

• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill