How to Arrange Your Own Study Abroad Program (2/5)

15 April, 2009 18:16  EasyExpat EasyExpat

This is the second article of a series of 5, explaining how to arrange your own study abroad program.

StarFirst article: Decide Where to Go

Determine When to Go

If you are arranging your own study abroad program, scheduling is an important consideration. Especially if you are working, your work schedule will be a major factor in deciding when you can go and how long you can stay. While workers in many countries enjoy holidays of several weeks or longer, the standard vacation in America is no more than two weeks and often as short as one week. While it is possible to plan a study abroad program for such a brief period of time, it will require even more planning than a longer program. (More)


How to Arrange Your Own Study Abroad Program (1/5)

08 April, 2009 18:18  EasyExpat EasyExpat

This is the first article of a series of 5, explaining how to arrange your own study abroad program.

Decide Where to Go

Study abroad is a valuable experience for a number of reasons. International experience is almost universally expected for anyone pursuing a career in international affairs, either before leaving school, or soon afterward. Even if you plan to stay put in your own country, international experience such as study abroad can demonstrate that you can work well in a multicultural environment, which is increasingly important as globalization becomes the norm.

Of course, many colleges and universities, and even some secondary schools sponsor study abroad programs, which often take care of all the practical aspects, such as accommodations, visas, etc for students. They also usually arrange financial aid. That's very handy. But if you can't or don't want to work through the program at a school or university, you can arrange your own study abroad program, including financing. All you need is sufficient lead time to plan (and perhaps save money) and the determination to go. And a computer with Internet access. (More)


Festivals in Europe this April

05 April, 2009 11:41  EasyExpat EasyExpat

The days are getting longer, the snow is melting, spring is in the air and the celebrations have begun. Here’s a roundup of the top festivals happening across Europe this April.

First day of Summer, Iceland
16th April
After spending over six months in darkness, it’s hardly surprising that there are huge celebrations on the first day of summer in Iceland. The festivities include street parties, parades, live music, dances and nonstop entertainment.

Foire du Trone, Paris, France
Date to be confirmed
The Foire du Trone is one of the largest country fairs in France and attracts over five million visitors each year. It has become one of the biggest fairs in the French calendar. It combines a modern day amusement park with charming entertainment from the past. Expect acrobats, jugglers, fire eaters and roller coasters at this fun packed, family oriented fair. (More)


Prevention rather than cure – reap the well-being advantage

02 April, 2009 10:58  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Article sponsored by William Russell

By Rosanna Turner, Marketing Manager, William Russell Limited

We all want to make the best of our health, but sometimes work pressures or the expatriate lifestyle can conspire against making the right decisions all the time.  Most of us like a drink, eat the wrong foods, or take a taxi rather than walk and nobody likes to be lectured about their diet, smoking or drinking habits.  Fortunately by combining regular medical health screening with sensible lifestyle choices it’s relatively straightforward to live a healthy life without adopting a completely monastic lifestyle.

The benefits of healthy living are clear.  People who are fit and well suffer less stress and benefit from improved mental and physical performance.  A healthy lifestyle can also help you to live longer, suffer fewer illnesses and avoid preventable diseases. (More)


Endangered languages

17 March, 2009 17:21  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Only one native speaker of Livonian remains on Earth, in Latvia. The Alaskan language Eyak went extinct last year when its last surviving speaker passed away. Manx in the Isle of Man and Ubykh in Turkey have joined the list of extinct languages. Last week, we discussed the world’s most popular languages; this week let’s take a look at the other end of the spectrum - languages that run the risk of extinction.

So firstly, how does a language qualify to be considered endangered?
In most general terms, it means that parents are no longer teaching the language to their children and are not using it actively in everyday matters. (More)


World’s most spoken languages

05 March, 2009 15:42  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Gone are the days when people spoke just one language. In case you’re planning to add a new language to your skill set, it may as well be one that you can use with a whole bunch of people. Check the list below for 10 of the most spoken languages in the world*.

1. Mandarin

With an estimated 1.2 billion people speaking it, it’s hardly surprising that this is the world’s most spoken native language. Belonging to the Sino-Tibetan and Chinese family of languages, Mandarin is not an easy language to learn. There are four tones to every syllable and a beginner is bound to get them mixed up. But hey, look on the bright side, if over a billion people can do it, so can you.

2. English

With over 500 million speakers of the language, English is the lingua franca used in much of the world today. Its speakers hail from all around the world, including New Zealand, the U.S., Australia, England, Zimbabwe, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Canada. If you’re reading this article, you probably don’t need much more information on the language. (More)


Festivals in Europe this March

26 February, 2009 15:36  EasyExpat EasyExpat

It’s still a bit chilly but that’s never stopped anyone from having fun. Here’s a roundup of the top festivals happening across Europe this March. (More)


All those strings linking the world

17 February, 2009 13:25  EasyExpat EasyExpat

You might have noticed the map on the home page of our directory of expat blogs. Each string represents the path of an expat, from his/her starting point to the destination, the country where the blog is now located.

This map represents the move of all expatriates on Blog Expat: from the original country to the destination.

As the directory is growing, you will see more links and more links.

It reminds us that the world is now more linked than ever. Albeit often at war with their close neighbours, the nations have tried to ease the communications with each others. As we've drawn strings between countries, they have put physical links: that's what you can visualise with the article called:

History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network.

1901 Eastern Telegraph Company System Map from A.B.C. Telegraphic Code 5th Edition
(via presse-citron)


Blog Expat, the blog portal for people living abroad and expatriates

10 February, 2009 20:21  EasyExpat EasyExpat

BlogExpat logoEventually the long waited new version of BlogExpat has come to life.

This free blog service has become a directory of expat blogs, open to any blog of people living abroad. This is an exciting new feature and it will complement perfectly the information on EasyExpat.

You can immediately add your expat blog in the BlogExpat directory and help us grow the expat community.

Now you can search all expat blogs around the globe or classified by categories in our directory. (More)


Carnivals in Europe this February

06 February, 2009 17:06  EasyExpat EasyExpat

It’s carnival season all across Europe. Here are some of the wildest and fun places to be this February. (More)


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