So you’ve decided to move countries. Congratulations! Science, after all, is an international collaboration. Some say that science is a calling, and now, you have heard that call. You have decided to take the plunge and follow the science to somewhere you don’t call home.
This is the beginning of a whole new adventure, that will change you in ways you could never imagine. It will make you a global, citizen of the world. At the same time, it will be one of the most difficult and challenging things you will ever do.
Some things you can expect and plan for. Some of them you can’t.
Having moved countries twice, I wanted to share some of the best advice to make the transition as painless as possible.
1 Get your visas
If you need a visa, especially one that involves a visit to an embassy. Do this. Do this now! Embassies are notoriously difficult. When I needed to get there, the Israeli embassy in London was open Monday to Thursday, mornings only, except all Jewish religious, Israeli national and British national holidays. Which at the wrong time of year (which it was), meant it was open for about 3 days that month.
2 Learn some local dialect
If you’re moving to Germany and you don’t know any German, GET LEARNING GERMAN! It doesn’t matter if the institute you’re going to works in English.…