Expat Study Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Study Abroad

28 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Study shows France offers best healthcare in world for expats

The French healthcare system, highly regarded for decades, has recently received a further boost to its reputation. The Annual Global Retirement Index survey undertaken for International Living Magazine has rated France’s healthcare the best in the world for expat retirees. Out of 100 possible points, the Gallic system rated 97, and was even described as inexpensive. Beating out Uruguay in second place and Malaysia in third, France’s benefits were rated as excellent. The state pays the bulk of charges for medical services as...
25 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Amsterdam scores as expat happiness central in spite of high tax rates

Many would-be expats would balk at the thought of paying 52 per cent income tax on their earnings overseas, but the charm of Amsterdam is such that no-one seems to mind. Most expats living in the historic Dutch capital were lured by the promise of a choice of literally thousands of jobs in the tech, oil and other sectors. In spite of losing over half their salaries to the tax man, most have stayed due to the benefits and lifestyle they’ve learned to love. The Netherlands ranks consistently in the top ten tworld 's happiest...
24 Jul at 6 PM 2014

UAE survey shows a third of expat women face sexism in the workplace

A new study has revealed that around 29 per cent of expat women working in the UAE are experiencing sexism in the workplace on a regular basis. The survey, carried out by Expatwoman.com and involving 1,100 expat women working in the emirates, shows that gender discrimination within the UAE workplace runs at almost double that in Western countries. Some 63 per cent of expat female employees, however, stated they had not experienced gender bias in their places of work. On the serious issue of abuse and personal harassment, 81 per...
22 Jul at 6 PM 2014

New study reveals expats see pension industry as greedy and incompetent

The shocking results of a new study have revealed that retirement savers view the entire pensions industry as incompetent, greedy and corrupt. The research, undertaken by the UK’s National Employment Savings Trust, was intended to survey savers in the auto-enrolment workplace pensions scheme, but has also clearly tapped into the justifiable dissatisfaction felt by users of on and offshore financial product providers. To put it mildly, customers have lost all confidence in insurers and pensions firms. According to the survey,...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2014

British cities surge up rankings of most expensive world locations

The strengthening of sterling and the soaring cost of property have sent leading UK cities soaring up the latest ‘expensive cities’ survey. London, Belfast, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Birmingham have leapt up the latest world city cost of living survey, with London now the 12th most expensive world city for expats. The capital was 25th in last year’s survey, and the house price explosion is considered to be the main reason for its re-rating. The study, commissioned by Mercers’, researched 211 cities worldwide as an aid to...
7 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Visa application data reveals expats and their tangled love lives

The complications of cross-border relationships involving expats’ love, marriage and even divorce issues have been revealed by a study of immigration assistance patterns. Immigration assistance company Global Visa’s analysis of around 5,000 cases over the past few years has revealed the secrets of expat relationships and love lives. Apparently, almost 33 per cent of all visa applications are now rejected by immigration officers, with refusal numbers doubled since 2012 due to stricter rules in many countries. Fascinating facts...
17 Jun at 6 PM 2014

Study predicts hike in UK pensioner migrant numbers as savings dwindle

Emigration from the UK is likely to spike within the next few years as increased utility bills and other cost of living rises hit average pension returns and savings. According to a recent study, the savings rate of average UK households has shown a dramatic fall over the last four years, and is predicted to fall even further between 2014 and 2018. Conversely, the £15,800 p.a. average pension income of UK retirees, including the state pension, is some £3,000 less than in the years preceding the financnial crash and ensuing ...
5 Jun at 6 PM 2014

Research shows £15000 a year gives a happy retirement

One of pension savings’ great mysteries is how to calculate exactly how much income per year equates to a comfortable retirement. A recent industry study in the UK concluded that an amount of £15,000 per year was enough to keep the average pensioner happy, and that contentment tended not to rise with an improved level of income. The National Employment Savings Trust, the author of the reports, might be surprised to discover that the amount barely covers the total monthly expenses of the average British retiree. The Trust might...
5 Jun at 6 PM 2014

Does learning Spanish lessen the risk of expat dementia

Learning the language of your chosen retirement destination is a real challenge for many newly-arrived expats, but keeping at it could mean your brain stays young over the years to come. Recent research by a team at Edinburgh University has revealed that becoming reasonably proficient in an unfamiliar language is one of the best ways to avoid the brain’s ageing process. Surprisingly, the study revealed it didn’t matter whether a new language was studied early or late in life – the benefits remained the same. The 262...
19 May at 6 PM 2014

Is your fund manager really worth what he costs

Is being a successful investment fund manager more about skill and knowledge, or is it just about luck? With so many scams taking place in the financial world nowadays, investors are asking themselves whether they couldn’t do at least as well as their fund managers, and save money on top. Most psychologists rate success as a combination of luck, instinct and skill, but investors are more interested in giving over their money to a relatively trustworthy pair of hands. According to billionaire Warren Buffet, perhaps the world’s...