Expat Study Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Study Abroad

11 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Algarve hospitals risky for expat heart attack patients

If you’re planning to retire to Portugal and have heart problems, it’s best to avoid the Algarve. Portugal is a favourite destination for expat retirees from the UK due to its reasonable cost of living, good weather and affordable property, with the Algarve already home to a sizeable expat community. Unfortunately, one statistic which hasn’t as yet featured in either the British media or local papers is bad news for expat residents at risk of having a heart attack. A recent study has revealed as many as 30 per cent of heart...
5 Oct at 6 PM 2018

UK expats to be charged stamp duty on British property purchases

As part of a move by the British government to ease the UK’s worsening housing crisis, UK expat buyers of property in Britain will now be charged stamp duty. The reason for the extension of the unpopular tax to expat property purchases is the belief that non-resident British buyers are using house purchase purely as an investment, a move which is pushing up prices nationwide. Although the proposal has yet to go for consultation, it’s certain that expatriate buyers will be charged at a rate of between one and three per cent of the...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Stricter Oz immigration policies causing skills shortages as fewer expats arrive

For many decades, Australia has been a top choice for expats, but the dream now seems to be fading. A recent statement by Australia’s immigration minister Peter Dutton revealed immigrant numbers in 2018 are now at a ten-year low, having dropped by a further 10 per cent over last year’s figures. According to those in the know, the stricter visas regime is the main reason for the drop, with skilled as well as family visas the worst affected. Since Dutton was appointed, 21,000 fewer expats have been admitted and a 46 per cent refusal...
1 Oct at 6 PM 2018

French study visas for expat students

France is one of the world’s most popular countries for international students. As many as 271,339 foreign students are now studying at French universities as well as enjoying their lives in France’s unique culture. Many have arrived from just across the English Channel, spurred by the thought of getting an internationally-accepted degree without having to tie themselves to decades of debt via the UK’s student loan programme. French universities are world-famous for their modernity as well as for encouraging innovation, and the...
28 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Philippines retirement visa an improvement on other SE Asian versions

If you’ve fallen in love with the friendly locals and laid-back lifestyle in the Philippines, retiring here is easier than in many Southeast Asian countries. The Philippines archipelago has been popular with older Western expatriates for some decades, but the numbers arriving are now increasing due to political instability in formerly favourite mainland destinations. The invasion of Cambodia by Chinese developers and their casino customers and the stiffening of immigration requirements and increasing xenophobia in Thailand are...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Will the UAE’s new retirement visas solve the real estate slump?

Long-stay, wealthy expats in Dubai are mostly pleased at the introduction of ‘retirement visas’, but is the move enough to stimulate the emirate’s fading real estate market? One thing’s for sure, the new visas are welcome for expats who’ve spent most of the their working lives in the UAE and don’t fancy starting again overseas after they reach the average retirement age of 55 years. The move is also likely to encourage younger expat professionals to commit to the emirates for the foreseeable future, thus putting down...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Struggling French healthcare services to get massive makeover

If you’re thinking to retire as an expat in France, you should note a major overhaul of its struggling healthcare system is on the way. Once voted the best in the world in a report from the World Health Organisation, the French healthcare system is now struggling to stay afloat, with the government committed to a major overhaul. Perhaps its major problem lies in its emergency services, with casualty departments and emergency wards overcrowded due to a huge increase in patient numbers. Angry patients and overworked staff do not a...
18 Sep at 6 PM 2018

British expat pensioner is oldest PhD graduate ever

A retired, 95-yearold British expat living in Benalmadena on Spain’s Costa del Sol has just been awarded a PhD from Northampton University. His achievement makes Charles Betty the oldest PhD graduate ever from a British university, and his Doctorate of Philosophy was gained by a 48,000 word thesis taking five years to complete via a long-distance learning programme. Charles’s history is as unique as his achievement, as he left school at the age of 14, fought in France during WWII and, since his move to Spain in 1985, he’s spent...
10 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expats accused of heathcare fraud in South Korea

Expats in Korea are facing a crackdown on dodgy practices gaining access to the country’s healthcare for free. Foriegners needing expensive treatments have been signing up for private healthcare insurance, paying a few monthly premiums and jetting off to Korea for medical or surgical treatment. After getting operations, cancer treatment and suchlike and claiming on their new policies, they’re leaving for their home countries without paying their bills, and cancelling their insurance as soon as they get back. Another scam has...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2018

EU expats in UK in trial applications to stay after Brexit

Whilst UK expats in EU member states still fear for their rights to remain, EU citizens in the UK are starting their 'settled status' applications. A Home Office trial of the ‘settled status’ post-Brexit settlement given to EU citizens living and working in the UK is now underway in the north-west, with NHS workers as well as students and staff from Liverpool University invited to apply. The trial is expected to take several months, and the results are due to be announced in time for a full roll-out of the process in late...