A high school student who is heading out on a college or university study abroad program can be a little apprehensive about high school Summer Study Abroad programs. The most common question from parents who have enrolled their children in college study abroad programs is, “What will happen to my child?” Being the center of attention for a few weeks can put quite a strain on young minds. This article will discuss some of the more negative aspects of being a student in a foreign country that parents should be aware of before taking their children on such an adventure.
First, the isolation can be quite intense and can include having to remain in close contact with family for fear of being spotted by the other members of the group or non-stop interaction with another student who may not be of good judgment or character. The second major negative aspect of being in another country is that you are usually the only one who can speak English. Often times, this is a huge concern for a non-native English speaker. For example, as a student in Sweden, I had to carry the book I was reading in Swedish.
Another problem many high school students face when traveling on a study abroad program is loneliness. When I was going on a study abroad program, my room mate was a local man. The only thing I could do was watch what he did and study my stuff. We communicated by writing letters back and forth. In conclusion, I think the most important thing parents must know about going on a study abroad program is that the social aspect is the least of your concerns if you ask me.