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Eat Your Way Around Wellington, New Zealand

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Russell James Smith, Flat White Coffee

Russell James Smith,
Flat White Coffee

 

If you’re a foodie and you’re heading to Wellington in New Zealand, then you’re in for a treat. The windy city is renowned for both its blowy atmosphere and its varied cuisine. Lots of small, independent suppliers and producers provide stock for the eclectic range of foods, sweets and of course, coffee.

For your first foray into the Wellington food scene, critics recommend you head to Hannahs Laneway (essentially an alleyway). Find yourself the perfect salted caramel cookie at Leeds Street Bakery before sampling the freshly made peanut butter from Fix & Fogg. You’ll question all of your crunchy nut buying habits once you’ve sampled this. If you fancy a late night meal Shepherds restaurant offers delicious tasting oysters, bowls of Cloudy Bay clams and spice roasted chickens. The rye sourdough doughnut with rhubarb jam and caraway sour cream sound too good to not try at least once.

Being right on the water’s edge means finding gourmet cooking with a great view is not difficult. The French-inspired Hippopotamus restaurant set within the Museum Art Hotel gives stunning views across the harbour. Match the vista with plate of Salmon Sashimi My Way and L’agneau Roti (walnut crusted lamb rump), all topped off with a caramel chocolate mousse.

If you fancy lots of choice head to the Cuba Quarter, on Cuba Street. The self-proclaimed ‘coolest street’ in New Zealand you’ll find a wide range of ethnic cooking to tempt even the most well-trodden foodie. Logan Brown and Matterhorn both won Cuisine Restaurant of The Year, so expect high-end cooking. Logan Brown offer a number of eating options with the Saturday Degustation Menu (with a choice of 5 or 7 courses) a big favourite.

Once the food is finished you can’t leave Wellington without tasting a Kiwi flat white, especially as the city boasts the greatest number of coffee shops in the entire country. Local baristas take real pride in their brews and Cafe L’affare has been doing it longer than others. Brewing since 1990, you’ll find the perfect space to get your caffeine fix.

Craft Beer is also hugely popular in Wellington and there are a large number of independent brewers to wet your taste buds. The ultimate pub crawl – or as it’s known the

Craft Capital Beer Trail – allows you to sample 16 bars, eight breweries and four bottle stores. That’s either a lot of fun, or one big headache. Still there are plenty of spots to find the ‘hair of the dog’ the next morning.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

A City Guide to Oslo

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As Norway’s capital city, Oslo has a lot to offer visitors and expats alike. Sitting on the southern coast of the country on the Oslo Fjord, there’s much to like about the city which boasts Viking ships, a world renowned sculpture park and a three star Michelin restaurant.

Visiting cities can be hard work if you don’t have plan as to where you’d like to visit (and where you’d like to avoid). The official Visit Oslo website has some great ideas, edited down to bite-sized chunks to suit the culture vultures, the child friendly and the art/history buffs.

Starting with the key attractions is a good place to begin and any visit to a Scandi country isn’t really complete without seeing a Viking ship. Thankfully, the Viking Ship Museum offers plenty of opportunities to feel at one with the culture. Other sea faring museums include The Fram Museum which houses the The Polar Ship Fram, the strongest wooden ship ever built and one which still holds the records for sailing farthest north and farthest south.

Those preferring more land based activities will love The Munch Museum. It contains paintings left to the city by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, including his most famous work The Scream. For more information about the expressionist artist, see here. Unlike many European cities, all of Oslo’s museums are open on a Monday.

Families  with children will need some outdoor time to help the little ones run off some steam. There are a couple of alternatives both of which wont be too awful for adults to endure. The Vigelandsparken sculpture park houses over 200 works of Gustav Viegland and is a great place to wander and unwind. A less relaxing, more exhilarating, attraction is the TusenFryd Amusement Park. With 30 rides ranging from the tame to the terrifying, this is a great spot for all the family.

Eating and drinking is a perfect way to discover the city. If money is no object, and you want to eat the finest foods on offer, Maaemo became the first Norwegian restaurant to get three out of three possible stars in the Michelin guide. To find out more about the chef and his work, see here. There are plenty of other cheaper but no less delicious meals on offer. Visit Asylet for a typical open-faced sandwich featuring shrimps or meat patties with caramlized onions. If you fancy enjoying a beer, expect to pay around $10 a pint. Oslo has a number of great microbrewery’s where you can drink your beer within a few metres of where it was brewed. Look out for the Oslo Microbrewery and Grünerløkka Brygghus – both of which offer a number of thirst quenching tipples.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

An Essential Financial Checklist For Expats

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Pictures of Money, Piggy Bank

Pictures of Money, Piggy Bank

 

Finances are complicated enough in your home country but moving abroad can add a whole new level of stress. Sorting out the financial aspects of your move is however absolutely essential as it will affect everything from personal tax, pensions and benefits.

There will be a huge array of people to contact and forms to fill in but it’s crucial you don’t bury your head in the financial sand. Take a look at our checklist and see what you need to do before finally leaving home for a new and distant shore.

The Essential Financial Checklist For Expats:

Tax: If you are moving from the UK to another country you will have to notify the HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs). This applies if you are looking to permanently reside somewhere else or work abroad full-time for at least one full year. As a non-resident you won’t need to pay UK income tax, although if you are renting out a property this will be classed as an income and the circumstances are different. Full information about the forms you need to fill out can be found here.

Benefits: The good news is that you may be able claim a Jobseeker’s Allowance, Maternity and Childcare benefits, Disability Benefits and Winter Fuel Payments. Your eligibility will be entirely dependent on which country you are moving to. These include those within the European Economic Area (EEA), plus a number of other countries that have agreements with the UK. A full list can be found on the government’s website.

Pensions: There are a number of pension options when you move abroad. You’re now allowed to be a member of a UK registered pension scheme regardless of where you live or where your employer is based. Your three options as stated by the Pensions Advisory Service are: Leaving your pension in the UK scheme, transferring it to an approved arrangement in your new country or paying into a UK scheme from abroad. HMRC offer more advise on the transfer to an overseas pension scheme.

Banking: Opening a bank account in a new country could be tricky if you don’t speak the language nor understand their financial situation. It may also be difficult to decide on which bank is best for you if you’re unfamiliar with the territory. Many UK banks offer an international bank account in Sterling, Euros and US Dollars before you move. This will allow you to direct your new salary here and pay your bills. HSBC, Lloyds, Barclays  and Nationwide offer a variety of options. 

Other Financial Considerations: Don’t forget you’ll also need to cancel your Council Tax so contacting your local council will be essential. You may also be required to continue paying National Insurance, dependent upon which country you are moving to. For all the most up-to-date information, please read here.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

What Should I Know About Working in Berlin?

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Jörg Schubert, Berlin

Jörg Schubert, Berlin

Around 100,000 Brits live in Germany with about 5,500 of those residing in the capital city of Berlin. In recent years Berlin has become somewhat of a haven for expats who are looking for a cheaper, more manageable life away from fellow big cities such as London or Paris.

Berlin itself has relatively high unemployment rates and it is argued that job opportunities within the formal sector is fairly limited. That said, many large international banks such as HSBC and organisations such as Siemens and Amazon have large bases here, so there can be work for those with the right skills. Amazon itself has recently expanded its operation in the city and is currently looking to fill a number of important roles. 

If you are an EU citizen you will not need a visa or permit to work in Germany but it may help if you learn some of the language before you arrive. Yes, Germans can certainly speak good English but if you’re doing business in a new country, common courtesy should prevail. If you can’t speak the language, make sure someone on your team can.

There are a number of universities, colleges and research institutes based around the city, so if you can consider teaching, and speak German, this may be an option for you. If you can’t speak German, teaching English to students could be a well-paid alternative to traditional means of employment.

If you decide to move to Berlin without work, you will need to explore the various avenues. It should be noted that many vacancies are filled via word of mouth so if you know someone already within a company that you might be interested in working for, it might be worth talking to them first.

Considered a start-up hub within Europe, Berlin could be the perfect spot for innovative expats to launch their ideas. The World Bank also listed Germany as 17th out of 190 countries for doing business in its annual survey so you’ll no doubt find yourself within a well organised framework. Reason Why Berlin has compiled a list of industries welcomed by the city.

Healthcare Industries

- ICT

- Media

- Creative Industries

- Transport / Mobility

- Logistics

- Energy Technologies

- Photonics

If you’re prepared to do a bit of leg work take a look at the 200 Best Employers in Berlin and see if they could offer you the perfect career.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

 

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

7 Things You Should Know About Living In A New Country

Ida Myrvold, HIKE

Ida Myrvold, HIKE

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You’ve made the big move, heading off to a new country to start a new successful life somewhere else in the world. So what can you expect once you’ve arrived in your new home?

1. Here PSS International Removals highlight the pros and cons of relocating.

You’ll spend your first few months filing paperwork

Moving within your own country is stressful enough, but relocating to a new country takes you to a whole new level of chaos.  New job, new home, new school, new doctor, new gas provider…. organisation won’t get tougher than this. Remember you can’t do everything at once so make a list, and slowly work your way through it. There is plenty of information out there to find everything from a new college or qualified dentist so do your research – and ask around.

2. Your friends back home won’t forget you

After having a busy social life back home you might find yourself with a pretty non-existent one once you arrive on foreign soil. Thanks to technology connecting to your old life will be easy and cheap. Plan Skype, What’sApp and Facebook connections and put calls in the diary. Keeping up with what’s going on back home, will cheer you up and give you a routine, if you’re struggling to find one.

3. The opportunity to travel will increase ten fold

Your initial thoughts may be with your new hometown but once you’ve found your feet, your new side of the world will become a land of opportunity. Flights across the likes of America, Australia and Canada will be far cheaper living inside the country, than outside. So you could be residing in Chicago but having a Manhattan in Manhattan in the space of two hours. You wouldn’t of been able to do this back home.

4. Sometimes you’ll wonder why you moved in the first place

Loneliness and isolation can be huge issues when you move abroad, no matter how much you wanted to do it. The key to moving on from these feelings is to force yourself out and about. Accept an invite to a colleague’s barbecue. Join the local netball team or sign up for a mother and baby group. You have not considered these activities at home, but international moving requires you to get busy.

5. It’s best to embrace the quirks

No two countries are the same. They’ll be plenty of new experiences you’ll want to embrace, and others that might present a culture shock. Working life may be shorter – or longer, queuing for a bus could become an alien concept and certain foods may be a challenge. At times like this you’ll need to remember that you moved to explore a new way of life. Going with the cultural flow may be easier than battling against it.

6. Learning the language may become a career necessity

While English may be spoken in many parts of the globe, expats looking to further their careers in a new country, will probably need to learn the native language. In some countries, such as Denmark, you’ll be entitled to free Danish lessons once you’ve met certain criteria, but in others it may be up to you. If you want to progress within your workplace, learn the language.

7. You’re never more than 24 hours from your hometown

Missing family and friends is only natural after a big move, but remember in reality no-one is ever that far away. The longest journeys might only take 24 hours of travel, so getting home, or getting someone to you could be realistic options. SkyScanner offer a variety of the cheapest flights around.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention. 

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Would The Danish Schooling System Be Best For My Kids?

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FreddieBrown, Danish Students, Some Danish students who came to our school for the day

FreddieBrown, Danish Students, Some Danish students who came to our school for the day

 

When considering a move abroad a family with children will always want to know what the schooling system is like: Will it be better than the schools they already attend? Can they expect to achieve high grades? Will the qualifications be transferable to another country, should the family move on?

Ranked 21st in the Quality of Life Index in 2016, Denmark is a popular expat destination with much movement based on its work/life balance, despite (or because of) high wages and high taxes.

Because of the tax system, state education is generally thought to be of a high standard across the board – and of course, free of charge. Children start school at the age of six-seven, with five in six going to state school, and the other one attending private establishments. There are more than 24 international schools which tend to be filled with expat children.

Children begin their education in a ‘Folkeskole’ which is the municipal primary and lower secondary school. Children begin in a pre-school class before moving onto nine years of primary and lower, and one year 10th form. If you’re looking for a school for your child, first decide where you are moving to and then contact the municipality.

Within the Folkeskole curriculum children will study the humanities (including English), physical and creative subjects and science. Municipal International Basic Schools have been established in Denmark in order to encourage talent from overseas. They too cover similar subjects and the rules around compulsory education still stand.

Once your child has finished the primary stage of their education they will go onto Upper Secondary Education between the ages of 16-19 years old. Generally teenagers partake in courses that qualify them for higher education or those that prepare them for the labour market. See here for more details on courses studied.

Denmark itself is one of the biggest investors in education in the EU with its general government investment as a proportion of GDP standing at 7.2% in 2014 (compared to an EU average of 4.9%). Budgetary cuts have come into play in recent years but Denmark still ranks highly in terms of the early school leaving age, with this being only 7.8%. This is in comparison to the EU average of 11%.

It’s worth noting however that in the same Quality of Life Index Denmark itself had slipped down the rankings in regard to the Family Life category, which ranked it just 23rd out of the 45 countries surveyed. It came 27th within the Availability of Childcare and Education category, with 33% of those questioned feeling negative about the provision. That said, the affordability of education was considered more positively standing at around 51%.

Moving abroad is always a big step and taking your family to Denmark is certainly going to bring change. With a 99% literacy rate and a recent report ranking them number seven in mathematics and number 15 in both science and reading, you aren’t going to go too far wrong educating your children here.

If you are considering a move to DenmarkPSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

What You Need To Know About Living In Vienna

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Osamu Kaneko, vienna

Osamu Kaneko, vienna

 

As the capital city of Austria, Vienna is a very popular spot for expats thanks to its thriving quality of living. Ranked first for eight consecutive years running in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey Vienna offers the expat great restaurants, stunning architecture and prominent careers (both the United Nations and OPEC are situated here). There is also a huge number of conferences held in Vienna each year, bringing in some of the 3.7 million tourists each year.

Vienna is Austria’s largest city and is situated close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. It houses around 1.8 million of the Austrian population and has a thriving economic, cultural and political centre.

If you think Vienna could be the location for you, here are some essential facts and figures.

Language: The national language of Austria is German. The Viennese accent and some vocabulary may be different to that spoken in Germany. You will also be able to speak English here as Austrians learn it at school.

Currency: As in much of Europe the official currency in Vienna is the Euro. For more information on the current exchange rate, see here

Accommodation: Most expats choose to live in rental apartments in Vienna, rather than buy a property here. Renting is fairly straightforward in Vienna but experts recommend using a Real Estate Agent in order to navigate the rental agreements which can be binding. They can also give guidance on which of the 23 districts best suits your needs.

Healthcare: If you are moving to Austria long-term you’ll need to register with one of the public health insurance providers. They do not have an NHS as the UK does. It is the responsibility of the employer to register you with a health insurance provider, and once they’ve done this you will receive an Austrian health card, referred to as an e-card. You’ll need to take this with you when you visit the doctor or hospital. As a member of the EU you’ll also have access to healthcare with your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Employment: With Austria’s unemployment rate standing at over 10.6% there is stiff competition for jobs. Some public sector jobs are being cut but there is an increase in technology and marketing roles for those seeking work. Tourism is big news in Vienna so finding work within these sectors – although much is seasonal – will be easy for most. Find more information here.

Climate: Austria has a very temperate climate with winters (December-January) hitting the -1’s to summer seeing the dizzy heights of 19 degrees. You’ll also find the most rainfall in June and July. During the summer you’ll see nine hours of sunshine in July, but just one in December.

Education: It’s compulsory to send your child to school in Vienna on the September after your child’s sixth birthday. They are required to stay at school for nine years going through primary, secondary and then higher school. Many expats send their children to international schools in Vienna. For a full list, see here.

Transport: The transport system in Vienna is second-to-none. Reliable, clean and cheap experts stress that it’s easier for people to travel around the city on public transport. Buses, trams, trains and subways are all available. Cabs are also on hand and remain reasonable compared to other European cities.

If you are considering a move to Vienna PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Doing Business in Milan

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Daniel70mi Falciola Portello, Milano , Italia - photo by Daniel70mi

Daniel70mi Falciola Portello, Milano , Italia – photo by Daniel70mi

 

Milan may not be Italy’s capital city but is the central hub of the economy, leading the way in the likes of the arts, commerce, fashion and finance.

As in any major city there are certain rules best observed when doing business. The incorrect greeting or inappropriate clothing or comment could make or break a potential global deal.

It’s worth knowing that Milan’s most important dates are fashion weeks from January-March and June, September and October. There is also an annual furniture trade fair in early April. If you’re heading to the city during these months, be sure to book ahead as it can get very busy.

Business, The Milanese Way

Doing The Meet and Greet

Whilst many of the Italians you meet will be able to speak English it’s always best to start any conversation with a ‘buongiorno’ which means ‘good morning’. If it’s an afternoon meeting ‘buonasera’ will suffice. After which introduce yourself and offer your hand to shake. A goodbye (arrivederci) and another handshake are great ways to end a meeting. Remember it’s best to start with a formal greeting until you are told it’s OK to do otherwise.

Dress To Impress

Italian’s are a stylish bunch and what you’re wearing will be noticed. Those attending meetings need to make sure they are ahead of the style game with well presented suits for men and carefully considered outfits and jewellery for women. As Milan, alongside Rome, is considered the style hub of the country, you’ll get extra points if you turn up in designer wear.

A Matter of Time 

Punctuality is not always high on the agenda of priorities for Italians who may not frown upon you being a little late for a business meeting. (We’re talking about up to 10 minutes here, not hours, which would be considered incredibly tardy). That said, it would be thought of as rude if you arrived later than the most senior person in the room. They may also take a little time in getting back about a future project but this isn’t to be thought of as unreasonable. They will work through priorities as they see them and come back as soon as they can.

Let’s Talk

Business meetings can be lively affairs and you may find yours punctuated by colleagues debating simultaneously, and disagreeing with a passion. This is perfectly normal in Italian society and should be viewed as such. You may also not follow an agenda to the letter and mobile phones in general need to be switched off.

Working 9 to 5?

In Milan working hours in the private sector tend to range from 9am to 6pm as a general rule. That said, it’s not all work and no play and it would be usual to find yourself having an  hour or two for lunch most week days. As in many cities many employees work after 6pm and at weekends. Much of Italy holidays in August so it’s good to keep this in mind when booking meetings. There are also a number of main holidays listed here which will govern whether an office is open for business or not.

If you are looking for the UK government’s advice on the practicalities of doing business in Italy, please see their website here.

If you are considering a move to Italy PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

 

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

A Restaurant Tour of Paris

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Cafeterías Nebraska, Croissant , Croissant relleno

Cafeterías Nebraska, Croissant , Croissant relleno

Eating out in one of the culinary capitals of the world should be a highlight of any trip to Paris. From haute cuisine to steak frites and the perfect croissant you’ll be spoilt for choice as to where to find the perfect meal, whatever the time of day.

Here we’ve pulled together information on some of the best restaurants, bistros and cafes the city of romance has to offer.

Three Star Michelin Restaurant:

Alan Ducasse Au Plazza Athenee offers luxury dining in luxury surroundings. You won’t find heavy meats with equally heavy sauces though. This is more fish, vegetables and cereals. All the food is seasonal and vegetables picked from a cottage garden. Cotentin lobster, lentil caviar, sea bass and white asparagus can all feature on the menu.It’s considered one of Paris’ dining highlights. For more information see here: www.alain-ducasse.com/en/restaurant/alain-ducasse-au-plaza-athenee

The One With The View:

Eating your supper from the vantage point of 400ft up the Eiffel Tower is a view afforded to anyone dining at Le Jules Verne. Choose from roasted sole, truffled macaroni au gratin or marinated sea bream with citrus. There’s also an ‘Experience Menu’ which allows you to sample five or six of the dishes. There are also 430 French wines to choose from, so you’ll be able to find something you like.

Reasonably Priced Traditional French Food:

La Cave de l’Os à Moelle has been heralded by Time Out magazine as the place to head to if you want to eat your way through traditional food, including ratatouille, fish soup, chicory and ham and tripe. All served as a ‘help yourself menu’ you can pick your way through your culinary highs. There is also a great cheese board and selection of delicious desserts.

New Kid On The Block:

For a less stuffy, but no less delicious experience head to Septime, which is run by chef Bertrand Grebaut, and has one Michellin star. The menu is changed every day in the restaurant which is more casual and distressed than similar establishments. Bookings are only available three weeks in advance so expect high levels of competition, for one of the hottest seats in Paris.

Worth Getting Up Early For:

No-one can leave Paris without sampling the best croissants the city has to offer. Having won two awards for their buttered croissants, 134 RDT is the place to head for the perfect breakfast. Their baguettes are also award-winning, if that’s your preference for first thing in the morning.

A Parisian Classic:

There’s only one name on everyone’s lips when debating the best steak-frites on offer in Paris. Le Relais de l’Entrecote  which has three bistrots across the city reliably serve tender sirloin steaks served with its famous sauce and thick cut French fries. Wash it down with one of their many organic wines.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

How Brexit Will Affect EU Students

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(Mick Baker)rooster  Brexit, How the vote went in the end.

(Mick Baker)rooster
Brexit, How the vote went in the end.

When the UK voted to leave the EU on June 23rd 2016, it opened up a huge amount of concern amongst students in relation to continuing their education in the country.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) reported at the beginning of the year, that 81% of students studying in HE in the UK are from the UK. 6% are from the rest of the EU and 14% are from the rest of the world.

This may sound like a relatively small number but it still means 124,575 EU students gained full and part-time qualifications in the UK in 2014-2015.

As members of the EU overseas students have the right to reside and study in the UK. They don’t currently need visas to study here and are able to apply for similar loans as native students. They can also pay the same £9,000 course fees.

With Brexit moving full steam ahead many will be wondering where they stand on studying across the United Kingdom. The good news, for now, is that nothing will change. In the short-term students from EU countries will be able to continue with their studies, unaffected.

The funding bodies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all confirmed last year that EU students would be eligible for loans.

UKCISA reported the following had been confirmed for EU students:

- currently on courses and receiving student finance will continue to be eligible for student finance for the duration of their study on that course; and

- commencing university study on an eligible course in Autumn 2016 will also be eligible for student finance in the normal way and, furthermore, will continue to be eligible for student finance for the duration of their study on that course.

The funding bodies in England, Scotland and Wales also confirmed that students from the EU would have funding for university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year. The UK government made the following statement:

“The government has today (11 October 2016) announced that EU students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants – and will be for the duration of their course.

The decision will mean that students applying to study from 2017 to 2018 will not only be eligible for the same funding and support as they are now, but that their eligibility will continue throughout their course, even if the UK exits the European Union during that period.”

As well loans, EU students have the benefit of paying the same fees as native students – this is called ‘Home fee status’ for the duration of their study. It has again been confirmed that those who begin studying in England in 2017/18 will still be eligible for this status.

This is indeed a big deal. In the UK tuition fees for international students (Non-EU) can range from £10,000 up to £35,000, for top level medical degrees. Keeping the status quo for now can only encourage students to study overseas.

UKCISA encourage students to discuss their concerns with the institutions to whom they are applying. Some universities have already listed Q&As on their websites concerning the changes. See here for Oxford University, here for Bristol and here for University of Edinburgh.

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