Choosing a school for your children when you move abroad involves making lots of difficult choices. Do you want your kids to learn in the local language or keep consistency with back home? Do you want them to integrate in the new culture or find common ground with fellow expats? It can be hard to get to grips with a new education system and work out what’s best for your children. But here are some things to consider when choosing a new school!
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The international school has many advantages: the main language is English, all the children there will be in the same situation as your own and your kids will become friends with people from all over the world. International schools also have the same system wherever you are, so it’s easy to enrol and overall they could provide the best solution, especially if you’re planning on moving again soon.
However, local schools can also be a great choice. When children attend a local school, it is much easier to integrate with the locals and start to appreciate a new language and culture. If you’re planning on staying for a long time in your new country, it is much more fun for your children to make friends who won’t be moving on, as is often the case in international schools. Local schools might be a bigger challenge at first but they can give your children more stability and a range of life experiences.