How to Choose a School Overseas
Choosing the right school for your child is one of the hardest decisions you’ll make as a parent when relocating overseas.
Each child is different; each country’s school system is different – even within the ‘generic’ international schools.
Families differ in their requirements and wishes and even relocations vary greatly.
Discover the type of schools available and how to choose the right one for your child.
Schools for Expat Children
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An Expat's Guide to Choosing a School Overseas
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.
So much depends on individuality that it’s hard to write a definitive guide to choosing a school.
I did my best though! My book, 'Expat Education - An Expat's Guide to Choosing a School Overseas' is now available on your local Amazon store!
All Expat Education Articles
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Expat Education Options
Kick-start your search for the best type of education for your expat child. Discover just how many ways there are to get a great education when you are emigrating with children.
If you're moving to a new country on a temporary basis, an international school may be your best option. But which one? You'll be amazed at how many different types of international school there are!
If you are emigrating, or going to be staying in that country on long term you may decide that a local school will be the best option for your child.
Kindergarten and Pre-School
Nursery, pre-school, kindergarten - these are all basically the same kind of option: somewhere for your little ones to learn how to learn. Different countries use different names, and they also have different age groups they target, so be aware!
special educational needs
Special Educational Needs
Finding a school overseas for your SEN child can be challenging. You may have to pay extra for support, and not every country's schools are set up for getting the support your child needs. Research thoroughly.
Home Schooling for Expats
Many expats choose to home educate their children. This is especially enticing for digital nomads, who move around more than expats tend to do. Be aware though, the home schooling is actually illegal in some countries.
Online Education for Expat Kids
There are many more online schools these days, and these often provide the perfect education for an expat child.
Boarding Schools for Expat Children
Continuity of education is extremely important for many expats. As they move every couple of year, their child may miss huge chunks of curriculum. A boarding school is the answer to this fractured education.
Learning a New Language
Learn at least a few words and phrases of your host country's language before moving. It will make your expat life even more successful. And if you are considering placing your child in a local school, please, please make sure they have good language skills first.
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