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who are not U.S.-centric and who under-
stand the complexities of leaving your
family to live in an unfamiliar culture.
Be a tourist in your new city.
know how to move internationally, and
the move to college should be met with
the same expectations as any other move.
Things will go wrong, it will be difficult to
learn new roadways, and it can be hard
to appreciate a climate different from the
one you recently departed.
Try to embrace your new city as a
tourist, advises Barbara Chen, the China
admissions representative of the Uni-
versity of Tulsa, who recently published“Top 10 Tips: Advice for Parents of the College-Bound Expatriate,” posted by
the International Association for College
If you can, arrive in town early for ori-
entation and take a few days to tour the
local sites. Practice driving around town
or navigating the public transport system.
Build University and
Local Support Systems
TCK families tend to be close-knit,
but college can cause complications for
families due to intermittent internet con-
nectivity, time zone gaps and the college
lifestyle. While many college students
have older friends or high school alumni
already attending their institution, TCKs
are less likely to have these built-in
networks and should work to build them
identify mentors with whom they have
interacted during the admissions process.
Extending an invitation to meet over
Skype or for tea when they arrive on cam-
pus can help to build these relationships.
Dr. Helen Wood, a higher education
and TCK researcher, says students should
identify someone to whom they can turn
with questions when things get confus-