One of the most important advantages of getting a secondary education abroad for a child is an excellent opportunity to learn English quickly and easily. It is not a secret that the confident knowledge of a foreign language today opens up excellent educational and career opportunities for young people. In particular, English has long been an indispensable element of a truly high-quality education, and therefore an integral part of success and prosperity around the world.
In addition, it is hardly possible to master a foreign language in any other conditions, except in its natural habitat. Therefore, if you want your child to really know English, there will not be enough courses in the native country for the students. Feel free to send your child to study abroad, and by the end of his education an adult son or daughter will thank you. Once in an English-speaking country, a child, one way or another, will have to adapt to the new environment, namely, to overcome the language barrier, memorize words and build sentences based on the knowledge gained or in communication with native speakers - peers, teachers or local residents.
Features of study in secondary school abroad
All students are divided into educational groups of 10-15 people. This helps the instructors to devote the maximum time to each of the students. In addition, abroad, the goal of secondary education is not only to give students an academic base in general subjects and English, but to comprehensively develop students - to develop discipline, responsibility and the ability to make independent decisions. Also, a school abroad helps to disclose the talents, creativity and other abilities of the child, regardless of his age. It is this approach to education in secondary school in the long run that helps students enroll in a prestigious foreign university.
And of course, in addition to all the above features, in secondary school overseas foreign students are waiting for dating and communication with children from various countries. Education in a multicultural environment will teach all students to be tolerant, and the ability to find a common language with representatives of a wide variety of cultures and nationalities will help to acquire the skills of diplomacy and negotiation. And as you know, these qualities have the most favorable impact on building a career.
Secondary schools abroad also have an impressive material base: libraries, various laboratories, sports complexes and sites, workshops for creative activities and not only. All this helps the child to try for himself many activities, and by the time of graduation from high school he will already know what he wants to do in life, and what he needs for this. The overwhelming number of schools abroad in their campuses create conditions for various sports (football, tennis, mountain skiing, golf, swimming, horseback riding and many others) and creative activities (music, dance, fine arts, sculpture, etc.).
Choosing a school abroad: criteria and recommendations
Before choosing a school for a child, SMAPSE experts recommend that parents first decide on some important issues: for example, what country they would like to send their child to for education; what foreign language is the priority for them and for the student; the format of residence - with parents in the city where the institution is located, or in a boarding house (residence in the residence of the school + meals).
When choosing an educational institution is also not the last criterion is the age of the child, as there are many options for primary and secondary schools abroad. And finally, one of the key issues is the financial capabilities of parents. So, the cost of education can vary significantly depending on the type of school, its location and several other criteria. Sometimes the cost of getting an education in the schools of one city can be very different. Therefore, before you start looking for a suitable school, ask yourself all the questions listed above.
As for the question of at what age it is better to send a child abroad, there is no unambiguous answer, and the decision is for the most part left for the parents. Still, sending a young schoolboy to primary school abroad is a great stress for a young organism. Although it is believed that the sooner begin to learn the language, the easier and faster the student will learn it. From this point of view, for the transition to a foreign school, the secondary school level is quite appropriate, since the child is still sufficiently educated, and by the time the certificate is received it will learn a foreign language at a level above the average. Of course, if parents have the opportunity to accompany the student in the country of instruction already at the primary school stage, then why not start the process of studying abroad from now on.
In order for a foreign child to enter the school, he must send the application in January-February of the year, in September of which the plan will begin the school year. From the moment the application is submitted, all candidates are tested, sometimes a personal interview with the school representatives, provides data about themselves and their academic and not only achievements. Consideration of applications is already in May-June.
In the event that in response to your application comes a refusal, do not hurry upset, because by the beginning of the school year there may be a shortage in your potential school, and those who stayed in the so-called reserve list will be accepted there. To prevent this situation from catching parents and the student by surprise, SMAPSE specialists recommend sending applications to several institutions at once - this will increase the student's chances of starting a new school year already at school abroad.