The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

What kinds of things should TCKs look for in choosing a college/university?

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TCKs need to choose a college or university with some special considerations. Students should be encouraged to think well in advance about the type of environment that most appeals to them. Do they want to be in a bustling city with lots of culture and activity or do they prefer a more rural setting with a small town appeal? Are they more comfortable in a large, spread out school or do they thrive in being the big fish on a small campus? These are questions they may not be able to accurately answer until they are actually on a campus of their choosing and feel if it fits or not. But when making college and university visits in the year or two before graduation, encourage them to listen to their hearts. Many students say they could tell immediately when they stepped on the campus if it was for them or not.

The most important question for TCKs to ask when making their college visits is, “How many TCKs do you have on campus?” The admissions office won’t be able to answer that because very few colleges actually make a point of differentiating students with domestic passports but have been living abroad, but it will immediately let you know if they are even aware of this demographic of student. Some schools may say they even have a TCK affinity group on campus. But don’t be discouraged if they seem to know nothing of the language of global nomads. The next question to ask is, “How many international students do you have?” This will better reflect how many other students you will be sharing the double adjustment with. And keep in mind that many of these “foreign students” may also be TCKs who will have spent little to no time in their passport country. You will have much in common with other internationals.

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