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What to expect when moving to a new country

Moving to a new country can be an exciting and life-changing experience. You get to explore new cultures, languages, and ways of life that can help you grow as a person. To help you prepare for this exciting journey, here are a few things to expect when living in a new country

Before moving to a new country

Moving to a new country has its good and bad sides. To make it easier, there are a few important things you need to take care of before getting on that plane and starting your new adventure.

1. Research the country

Try to learn about the culture, language, customs, and laws of the country you will be travelling to. Getting a basic understanding of these things can make it easier for you to adjust and feel comfortable living in a new country.

2. Visa and documentation

Make sure you have all the necessary documents you need. This includes things like passports, enrolment letters, visas, etc. Different countries have their own specific rules and requirements, so double-check what you need well in advance before your trip.

3. Plan your finances

When moving to a new country, plan your budget carefully. You will need to think about extra money for school supplies, food, shopping, laundry, local travel, and activities. You should also bring a debit or credit card because some shops and places may not accept cash. Check with your bank before leaving to make sure you can withdraw money using your regular bank card.

4. Mobile phone service

Don't forget to check with your current mobile phone provider to see if they offer service in the country you're moving to. If not, don't worry! You can easily buy a new SIM card once you arrive there.

5. Accommodation in a new country

Finding a safe and comfortable place to live is a big part of moving to a new country. Thankfully, at English Path, we offer great accommodation options for our students near our schools. If you want to learn more about our accommodation choices or make a booking, contact us at

Taking care of these things ahead of time will make moving and living in a new country easier. You can avoid a lot of stress and anxiety by doing these basic things. It will also help you settle in more quickly and enjoy your new surroundings.

After moving to a new country

Moving to a new country by yourself can be a challenge. When you first step off the plane, you might feel excited and nervous at the same time. But don't worry, it's normal to feel that way when moving to a new place. Take a deep breath and let's see what's waiting for you when you arrive.

1. Experiencing cultural shock

When moving to a new country, everything might feel different – the food, the traffic and even how people greet each other. This is what we call ‘culture shock.’ But don't worry, it's normal. Instead, try to keep an open mind and be curious. You might discover new foods, make great friends, and learn something cool about a new culture. Just remember, different doesn't mean bad; it just means something new! 

2. Everyone speaks a different language  

After arriving in the new country, you may notice that people speak different languages. But don't worry – a lot of people around the world speak English. It is also the official language of over 86 countries. That means there's a good chance people in the country you're moving to speak English too. If you want to improve your English skills and connect with over 1.35 billion English speakers worldwide, join English Path. We offer a wide selection of courses for different skill levels and goals, so you can choose the one that is right for you. 

3. Understand the local transport system 

Now that you are officially living in a new country, it's time to learn about the different types of transportation available. This means learning about local buses, trains, or subways. Take your time to learn about the local transport system. Understand how it works, the routes and schedules to get around more easily and confidently.  

4. Homesickness is right around the corner 

Sometimes, when you think you have found a routine and are finally settling in, you might get hit with homesickness. You may start to feel sad and miss your family and friends back home. But remember, it's totally normal. When this happens, it's a good idea to call your loved ones, share stories with them and have a laugh together to feel better. Remember, just because you're starting a new adventure doesn't mean you have to forget your old life. You're just adding a new chapter to it!  

5. Connect with people and make friends 

Living alone in a new country can make you feel lonely sometimes. That's why it's helpful to connect with others and make friends. Join clubs, attend community events or revisit an old hobby to meet locals or other expats. These people can become your family, your cheerleaders or even your new friends for life – and you can be theirs too! 

Moving to a new country is an exciting adventure with many opportunities for growth and learning. At English Path, we are here to support you every step of the way in improving your English skills and making your move smoother and more enjoyable. It might take some time but be patient and open to new things. Just be yourself and remember to have fun! 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about what to expect when moving to a new country

A1. Moving to a new country can be an exciting new challenge. You might notice that things like how people behave, talk, eat, and live can differ from what you're used to. It might take some time to get used to these differences, but if you stay open-minded and curious, you'll have a chance to learn new things and have some amazing experiences.  

A2. When moving to a new country, it's important to keep an open mind and be willing to try new things. Remember that every experience, good or bad, can teach you something valuable. 

A3. Learn some words and phrases in the local language. You can also learn English, which is spoken around the world. Join English Path to improve your language skills with experienced teachers and courses made for your needs.  

A4. Join groups or community clubs in your area. You can also participate in cultural events to meet new people and learn more about the local culture. Just remember, making friends takes time, so be patient and don't give up! 

A5. Keep in touch with your loved ones back home. You can call them, text them, or video chat with them so that you can still feel connected. You can also explore your new surroundings by trying new foods or visiting new places. This can make you feel more comfortable and familiar with your new home.