Should I move to Italy, France, or Scotland?
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June 16, 2019 / By Shimea Question:
In a few years I plan on making a new start and heading overseas. Id love to just experience something new and try something different.
But These are all places I've dreamed of living in. But, is it difficult for Americans to buy/rent long term in any of these places? How difficult would it be to pick up the language? Do many people know english? Will it be difficult for me, as an American, to find work?
All questions running through my head. A little help would be great! :) Thnx!
I'm a freshman in uni and im taking classes to learn italian and considering picking up french. im not concerned so much with learning the language as i am actually being able to use it? if that makes sense?
Would it be a better idea to start off by just studying abroad for a bit or just hop right in once im out of school?
Best Answers: Should I move to Italy, France, or Scotland?
Obed | 10 days ago
How old are you?
Are you already working in the USA?
How much French or Italian do you know?
Yes, it is possible for students to get a foot in the door by applying to a French University, but in most cases a good grasp of French is necessary as in most disciplines lectures are delivered in French. It becomes easier at Masters or PhD level where some universities will accept graduates speaking relatively little French, and allow them to write their thesis in English, particularly in scientific disciplines. Students are accepted on the grounds that such people will be intelligent enough to improve their knowledge of the language fairly quickly.
However the era when working adults could up sticks and move to France or Italy is now over unless they have fantastic qualifications or very special skills that are scarce in Europe, or they are so wealthy they can afford to live there without having a job. In recent years both France and Italy have signed to the Schengen treaty between most EU nations that now restricts immigration to Europe. The reasons for this are obvious : they are two destinations that are so popular that a vast number of people from all over the world aspire to move there. As it is, both countries have a serious unemployment problem: statistics show that one out of three nationals that should or could be employed cannot find a job. Added to which citizens of other EU nations are allowed to seek work there and often snap up the jobs that are particularly unpopular. So yes, unless you have brilliant qualifications or skills in demand in the EU ans or those two countries in particular, you will find it very difficult to get a job. This has to be done from your country, and. if you are offered a post, the organisation that supports your application for a work and residence visa has to demonstrate that they cannot use someone with the same skills from the EU. The majority of such jobs require you to have a good knowledge of French or Italian in those two countries.
If you have the money, you can rent or buy a property, but you are limited as to the amount of time you can spend there which amounts to 90 days in any half year, and you are not allowed to work in that time unless it is voluntary and unpaid.
You would find it easier to move to Scotland, from where many natives emigrated to America and with who the links are very strong. It is a stunningly beautiful country and the fact that English is the language spoken makes it much easier for Americans. It is cold in the winter but no colder than in Eastern America. The UK has not signed up to the Schengen agreement and has its own entry requirements, but labour movement for Americans seems easier than going into mainland Europe. However unemployment is also very high there so the new government is now limiting the numbers of unskilled labour immigration. You have to have qualifications in areas like medicine and nursing, engineering, sciences, or an MBA from a good university. You also may have good qualifications in teaching or lecturing, or already work for an international firm with a footing in the UK and get a transfer.
You can check out the professions that are accepted in France on the website of the French embassy in Washington.
Incidentally , if you are prepared to work as a volunteer to experience something different for a time, consider joining WOOFF; they will support your application for a visa.
I hope this sheds light on the matter and the information given will be useful to you.
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Originally Answered: If I bring minimal cash, will I be ok with using mainly credit cards in France and Italy?
Credit cards are good for a number of reasons but you need to be a bit careful and plan ahead. First, they work nearly everywhere. Italy and France are both great countries with highly developed financial systems and if you need cash, just go to a cash machine and get what you need. Here is why you want to be careful. At times, if you do not pay your credit card bill on time, the company will not honor your card. Lets say your bill arrives as you leave for the airport or you've forgotten to pay it. In the US, its not a problem, you just call them up and give them a check number and you're back in business. But when you're in a small hill village in Italy and need to pay for the pasta and vino, and the card doesn't work, it can be an issue. I had that happen with American Express, and I've been an AmEx card holder since 1976. It was a bit embarassing. I would advise calling your credit card company and tell them you're going on a trip. Some have a security program that flags purchases that unlike your normal pattern of buying. Tell them how long you'll be gone and ask them if they want you to make a payment ahead to avoid problems. Second, do not carry a purse. Buy the type of money pouch that goes around your waist and under your clothes. Keep your passport, credit cards, and large bills in it. Cash enough money for your immediate needs and carry it deep in your pockets. Paris is famous for its pickpockets and I've had at least one issue on the train in northern Italy. Finally, before you leave the states, make a copy of the information page of your passport and stick it in a pocket of one of your pants in your suitcase. That way, if anything happens to your passport, you can go to the nearest US consulate for a replacement.
I hope this helps a bit. Have fun!
As a tourist one can survive in a foreign country without a full knowledge of the language but for living and working there permanently it becomes absolutely essential to have a good knowledge of it, if only because the bureaucracy is very difficult to comprehend and day to day life involves all sorts of complications which do not touch tourists such as common law, highway code, income tax system, medical care, etc...Except in the UK and its ex-empire, people use their national language locally and whilst some people know English this will not be the language they speak in normally.
If you intend studying abroad you can start with relatively little French/Italian and you will pick up the language as you go along without too much difficulty. However visas are only issued for one academic year at a time or less depending on what course you are on.
The authorities will not allow you to "hop over" and take a job when you graduate. It just does not work like that anymore. You need work and residence permits obtained from the embassy of the countries you want to move to, and you won't get them without being sponsored by a prospective employer in the country you are looking to moving to. Since you are at university already, the possibility of being sponsored will depend on what subject you are studying and what kind of degree you get. If you have a degree in English or Arts subjects they will not be much use to you as thousands of people have the same qualifications and even natives cannot find jobs with them. Employers will not consider an immigrant who is not fluent in the local language and, by the way , there is a language test when you apply for a long stay visa.
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In Italy or France you won't find many english speaking people, specially outside the big cities, you would have to start learning french or italian to be able to find a job there other way it would be pretty difficult just speaking english, even finding a place to rent would be difficult if you don't speak italian or french.
Scotland on the other hand is a nice country and you will not have to worry about the language, just get used to the accent, so if i were you i would choose scotland and if you want to know italy and france they are very close from scotland.
If you are still student and are able to study abroad as exchange student or something after finishing your degree would be great, because in that way you really get in touch with life in other places, it also would help to learn the language, now about moving permanently it is not so easy, also it is not impossible there are a lot of foreigners living and working in europe, you just need to find a work offer, before moving, it is not so difficult as it sounds, for example if you manage to speak well french or italian, you can easily find a job in an american company with stores or clients in italy or france.
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I'd pick France or Italy because it's warmer. Scotland is cold.
Working in Europe will be difficult, locals get jobs first, and will be especially difficult if you don't know the language. Something you could do is try to find out what job skills they are short on, because then you would have a better chance of getting work. You will need a work permit. check out http://www.transitionsabroad.com/publica... for more info. http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listing...
Plus it is expensive there.
It is an excellent dream, I have the same one, but am looking at it as a place to live where i don't have to work, just because of the difficulties in getting work there. .
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if FRANCE & UKRAINE play out to goalless draw, there's no means SCOTLAND & ITALY will development to the finals from this institution. the one means which each SCOTLAND & ITALY to qualify, the diversifications are as follows: - UKRAINE beat FRANCE - SCOTLAND drew with ITALY - ITALY beat FAROE ISLANDS the present standings in Group B as as follows: one million. FRANCE - 25 features from eleven suits two. SCOTLAND - 24 features from eleven suits three. ITALY - 23 features from 10 suits if the above outcome do occur, this would be the last institution standings: one million. ITALY - 27 features two. SCOTLAND - 25 features three. FRANCE - 25 features as you'll be able to see, SCOTLAND will conclude above FRANCE even though each groups have the identical quantity of features coz SCOTLAND have received one million-zero in opposition to FRANCE, each house & away.
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