Engaging Parents

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do you engage parents who live abroad or speak another language?
A: Translate school documents into other languages so parents can access them easier.
Some schools produce videos to explain the college guidance program 9 - 12 which are then translated and posted or taken on head of school visits.  Be aware of parental access or non-access to school communications.


  • Consider getting parents who are knowledgeable and positive about the school experience to become international parent representatives, to speak with other parents from their same country or just from the international parent perspective and be allies of the counselors.
  • Use your school alumni as a resource for engaging with parents.



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Relevant Resources

Guide to International University Admission

A comprehensive resource for counselors and students about undergraduate college options abroad.

The State of College Admission Report

Examining the transition from high school to postsecondary education through survey data collected from colleges and universities across the country.

Commissioned Agents and NACAC's Guide to Ethical Practice Series

A series of six periodically released resources aimed at guiding NACAC members in the responsible use of commissioned agents in international student recruitment.