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Expat education

Choosing the right school or other form of education for your child is one of the hardest decisions you’ll make as a parent when relocating abroad.

Discover the type of schools available and how to choose the right one for your child.


How to choose a school overseas

Finding the right school abroad

Choosing the right school for your child is one of the hardest decisions you’ll make as a parent when relocating overseas.

So much depends on individuality that it’s hard to write a definitive guide to choosing a school. Each child is different; each country’s school system is different – even within the ‘generic’ international schools. Also, families differ in their requirements and wishes and even relocations vary greatly.

If possible, have a selection of schools to choose from. Naturally this will not always be possible because there just may not be any options.

We have put lots of articles together to kick start your search in the best kind of school for your expat child, as well as some ideas on how to choose a school overseas.

Evaluating your expat education options

There are lots of types of expat education out there, and not all of them look like school in the traditional sense, home education, for example. Investigate some of these options with the links below, and discover just how many ways there are to get a great education when you are emigrating with children.

expat educationPoints to consider:
  • How long will you be staying in that country?
  • Where will you go after that?
  • How old are your children? And how old will they be when you move again?
  • Is a different language going to be needed?
  • Are school fees an issue?

A guide to education options for expat children

Learn more about your choices through the links below.


Choosing a pre-school, nursery or kindergarten


Local school

Language differences or integrating fully into the community?


International school

There are various types of international schools


Home school

Home education may be a viable option for your family


Boarding school

Often an option to ensure continuity of education



Special educational needs – research schools before you move



At home or overseas? Which would be best for your child?


Expat Directory

Expat education and school resources


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