What to expect when moving to another country

Moving abroad has plenty of benefits such as having the opportunity to experience a new country and culture while traveling and meeting new people, as well as learning a new language, with the most significant aspects being reflected on you as an individual. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that many people are considering a move abroad. 

Here’s what to expect and consider when you’re off to live in a foreign country:


  1. Language.

What language does the country speak that you are moving to? You’ll want to study and practice the language as much as possible before you go. Also, taking intensive language lessons once you arrive is a great way to meet people and ease the language transition.


  1. Where to go?

There are many factors that go into your choice of a new home country: climate, political stability, crime, cost, language and customs, etc. In choosing a country or place where you want to spend a significant amount of your time living and studying, do some research so you choose the best destination for your lifestyle.


  1. Work and money

How will you support yourself when you move abroad? Will you have a job, or do you have enough savings or passive income to support yourself and possibly your family? Thinking about your income should be one of the most important aspects to consider before you move, so doing research into the cost of living and job prospects is essential.


  1. Blending into the local community.

Assimilating to the local culture can be a long-term project, and also a constant source of beauty, humor and fascination. Be naturally curious and open to being outside of your comfort zone. Say hello and show respect to everyone, learn the local sayings, the customs, celebrate the holidays, make local friends, and always get along with police and officials. Attending religious services and volunteering to do charity work can be great ways to foster goodwill and positive karma.


  1. Residency and Visas.

Before moving abroad, always make sure you legally can enter the country, and get expert advice about whether you need a residency visa, work permit, or something else to allow you to stay. In some countries, there are schemes where you can live and work in a country for 1-2 years to experience that country. 


We hope this helps! Feel free to contact MEI any time for advice or tell us about your plans to live abroad!


By: Jane Balaong

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