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JUNE 2017

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT

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.

TCKs

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

Admission Counseling.

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

before arriving.

Identify mentors.

Students should

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-