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Language, Lifestyle, And The Cost Of Living

In this month’s column, Barry O’Leary talks about the challenges and joys of raising bilingual children.Learning a new language is one of the most commonly cited challenges of moving abroad. Sarah in Germany talks about her experience of this in an interview.

But there are many other factors to consider too. The cost of living can be prohibitive, and it’s hard to take everything into account when trying to write a financial forecast for a country you don’t live in yet. Here’s a brief guide to the cost of living in Australia to help you out.

Education is another big question, whether it’s for your children or for yourself. Plenty of people move abroad to study at university – here’s a guide to universities in the UAE.

If you’re sending your kids to school in Europe, here are a couple of articles about the education systems in France and Germany.

Safety and security concern many people nowadays, but perhaps especially expat women. Here are some locations and tips you might want to consider if you’re a single female moving abroad.

Then again, moving with a partner comes with its own set of challenges. Take a look at our article about what to expect if you move abroad with your significant other.

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If it all gets too much, it’s important to reach out for help. This week Expat Focus caught up with Dr. Walid Abdul-Hamid, Consultant Psychiatrist & Clinical Director of Priory Dubai, about mental health, stigma, and how to get help.

We also have some expat experiences for you to enjoy, as usual:

Grace in Ireland
Gemma in Saudi Arabia
Jay in Ireland

Would you like to share your experience of life abroad with other readers? Answer the questions here to be featured in an interview!

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