If you intend to move abroad, it’s essential to do adequate research – for example, you may need to learn about visas or how to navigate the local healthcare system. With so much to think about, it’s easy to become overwhelmed or forget something important, and you may decide to enrol on an online (or eLearning) course, which gathers all the information you need and puts it in one place. In this article, we’ll take a look at some courses currently on offer to expats, and also tell you more about new courses coming soon from Expat Focus.
How to choose the right course
‘How to move’ courses usually take one of two forms. Either they act as step-by-step guides to the practicalities of moving – covering things like visas, accommodation, money, etc. – or they help expats understand what they want from their move abroad and where they want to go.
Which type you select will depend on your personal circumstances. For example, if you have not yet got a firm job offer but like the idea of life as a digital nomad, a course that helps you to develop your goals might be a good initial step. If, however, you already know exactly where you want to go, then you may prefer a course that provides country-specific information and advice.
When selecting a course, make sure you check for testimonials, and don’t be afraid to ask questions, such as what additional resources are available. If you are moving abroad because you have received a job offer, it may be worth contacting your new employer to see whether their HR department can offer an in-house course on relocating. If not, set down exactly what you want your chosen course to cover, and make sure you prioritise trusted course providers and websites.
Courses currently on offer
How To Move And Live Abroad
Reed Courses offers a course called ‘How To Move And Live Abroad.’ It costs £157, although currently it is on offer for £29. It is online, self-paced and can be joined at any time. You do not need any formal qualifications in order to enrol. If you like the idea of moving abroad but do not yet have a destination in mind, this may be a good course for you, as the first topic it covers is how to choose a destination. It also looks at what to do with your life back home and steps to take before you leave.
To learn more about the course, visit Reed.co.uk.
The Moving Abroad Essentials
‘The Moving Abroad Essentials’ course costs $199 and includes two hours of video content, practical checklists and easy-to-use templates. It breaks down the moving process into nine modules, starting with how to choose where to move. You will learn how to keep on top of your paperwork, the best way to find a job, how to put together a realistic budget, and more.
For further details about the course, visit mymoveguide.com.
Master Your Move Abroad
‘Master Your Move Abroad’ is a little different from the courses mentioned above, in that it is aimed at entrepreneurs and has a strong focus on women of colour. It is an eight-week programme that teaches expats how to secure remote work and build a life abroad. The entire discounted course comes in at just under $1K.
For more information, visit lasmorenasdeespana.com.
Expat Empire runs two ‘how to move’ courses. The first is ‘How to Move, Live, and Work Abroad: Start Your Expat Journey’ – this course costs £99. It focuses on what you need to do in the months leading up to your moving date. The second is ‘How to Move, Live, and Work Abroad: Settling Into Expat Life’ – this course also costs £99. It focuses on things to check off your list within the first year of moving. Both include video content and downloadable resources.
For more information, visit expatempire.com/courses
Get Over Your Ishh & Plan Your Move Abroad!
This course is run by YouTuber Tiffanie Davis and has springboarded from her YouTube platform where she talks about being an expat. It includes a 30-minute ‘clarity’ Zoom call, plus eight bite-sized video lessons, each lasting less than 10 minutes. The idea is that you break down your move abroad into attainable goals. You will also receive a Plan Your Move Abroad Workbook, which comes with useful exercises, resources, and tips to help guide you through the course and navigate your journey abroad. The course costs $347.
To learn more about the course, visit itstiffaniedavis.com/courses.
Coming soon – Expat Focus courses
Here at Expat Focus we are currently building a series of comprehensive online courses to help expats move successfully to their chosen destinations. To begin, each course will cover the following topics, with more content being added in future:
– Work permits / Working legally
– Residency and citizenship
– Cost of living
– Healthcare system
– Health insurance
– Renting property
– Buying property
The courses are based on over 20 years’ experience dealing with expat issues, bringing everything you need to know together in one place, and our dedicated team of researchers is fully committed to making sure that all content is kept up to date and based on only the most authoritative sources.
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