Why your parents should let you study abroad in Prague?

You’ve decided that you want to spend a semester abroad, and you’ve even found where to study in Prague. Great job! But have you thought about how to get your parents on board with this excellent plan? Of course, some parents will immediately agree that a semester abroad is an essential part of your university experience – but others will be less cooperative, so some persuasive efforts will be needed from your side. In this blog post, we've gathered some tips on how to explain the importance of this challenging and rewarding part of your higher education to your parents. From expanding your world perspective to broadening your career horizons, it’s clear that studying abroad has many benefits. While it’s certainly going to be fun, you will ultimately need to focus on study abroad as a unique educational experience, so get ready to communicate this point to your parents. 

Easy ways to guarantee your parents will let you study abroad in Prague

1. Don't be afraid to address their questions and concerns in an open and honest conversation. It’s likely that money will be a major concern, so analyze the costs and prepare a plan on how you can contribute towards this expense – whether it’s by securing a scholarship, getting a part-time job, or starting a study abroad fund. Your willingness to help out financially will demonstrate your commitment to your parents. 

2. Explain to them that UNYP is one of the best options among Prague universities for your Study Abroad experience, and make it clear that you will stay on track academically. With all classes taught in English, you will get a chance to study in the heart of Prague alongside other international and local students. We offer degrees in the fields of Business Administration, Communication & Media, International Relations, Psychology, and a wide range of courses in the social sciences, humanities, economics, finance, and arts. All degrees, offered at the University of New York in Prague are accredited by American, Czech and British accreditation authorities. 

3. Emphasize that Prague is one of the safest Study Abroad destinations you could choose. Here is an opportunity to talk about the fact that the Czech Republic was ranked as the world’s 7th safest country in the 2018 Global Peace Index (GPI) report. Officially, Prague is one of the most secure European capitals, and therefore an ideal destination for international students who are just starting their path to independent living. 

4. It might be obvious to you, but it is worth articulating to your parents that studying in Prague comes with an opportunity to see Europe and the world. You will be able to explore the Czech Republic, with its multiple UNESCO protected sites, and with cheap student travel fares and Prague’s central location, you will also be able to visit many neighboring countries while still staying within the frames of your student budget. 

5. Make sure to mention the sports and extra curriculum activities that you can try or continue while studying at UNYP. You can play football, or go for something different and join the Blazers Floorball team. Whether you are interested in international politics, psychology or social initiatives, you will be able to choose from a variety of student clubs and organizations. 

6. Conclude by forwarding UNYP’s social media accounts to your parents, and showing them this video, in which our former study abroad students talk about what they learned and gained from a semester spent in Prague. 

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