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Moving to Switzerland from US

Hello everyone.
My wife's company is relocating her to Basel for new position middle of 2015 summer.
From what research we have done in this forum, her salary should be enough for 4 of us to live comfortable, and hopefully I would be able to find job myself to make things even better (wife, me, and both daughters: 9 and 6 years old).
The biggest concern we have is a schools.
Her job subsidizes 70% of international school cost, so money is not a major issue, but we are concern about quality of education. We want our kids to learn German, but in the same time we want them to get best education as possible. We are contemplating to enroll them into Swiss public school system.
Do you think it is a vise course of actions?
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Old 01.03.2015, 22:10
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Re: Moving to Switzerland from US

It depends on how long you're planning to stay in Switzerland. If it's just a couple of years then international may be best, but if it's longer term then public schools are the way to go. At your kids' ages they'll pick up the language pretty quickly and Swiss public schools are quite good at providing extra tuition to help too.

What you may need to check is - if you do go for the international schools option - whether that subsidy could cause problems when filing your US tax returns. Start your research here:

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Inter...-Aliens-Abroad
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Re: Moving to Switzerland from US

Thank you very much for your reply. Will take a closer look at link you provided.
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Re: Moving to Switzerland from US

We moved to Basel from the US about 8 years ago.

We put two kids through the International School in Basel and they are now at Kings in London. The International Baccalaureate program is good, and kids go on to top universities all over the world. However, it is expensive.

The two younger kids were young enough to adapt to local schools, but we chose to put them in the local private French schools in Basel which are very reasonably priced. The reason being that we could communicatewiyouppnicate ittle in French, and with their teachers, but we had little chance of that with Swiss German, which is very, very different from High German. Kids in Swiss school do learn a form of High German too, although native German friends tend to be a little dismissive of it and tend to opt for the school in Bruderholz where there are mostly native German speaking teachers I am told.

We know other non-Swiss parents though who have gone for the local school route and seem happy with their choice. We certainly are very happy with ours.
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It depends on how long you're planning to stay in Switzerland. If it's just a couple of years then international may be best, but if it's longer term then public schools are the way to go. At your kids' ages they'll pick up the language pretty quickly and Swiss public schools are quite good at providing extra tuition to help too.

What you may need to check is - if you do go for the international schools option - whether that subsidy could cause problems when filing your US tax returns. Start your research here:

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Inter...-Aliens-Abroad
fyi, there are treaty regimes in place that in many cases exempt housing and education monies from the employee's US income and permit the employer to continue to treat the monies as a business expense.

to the OP, your wife should check with her employer's HR department first.
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For children that young, definitely public school.

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Re: Moving to Switzerland from US

Thank you everyone.
Looks like it is a win win situation ether way.
We thinking to start with public, and if there are some issues with integration we can always switch to international school.
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Re: Moving to Switzerland from US

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Thank you everyone.
Looks like it is a win win situation ether way.
We thinking to start with public, and if there are some issues with integration we can always switch to international school.
This is what we had planned as well
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Re: Moving to Switzerland from US

I would say it all depends on what you guys are planning to do in the future. Are you planning to stay there in Switzerland? If not, is German useful in the U.S.of the A?

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Re: Moving to Switzerland from US

It's so nice to have options, isn't it? You may find more helpful opinions and things to consider in these two threads:

Local v International School

International versus Local School?
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