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Moving to Fribourg!!!!

Hello there,

My lovely husband, my 2 beautiful kids (7 and 13) and I are about to move to Fribourg after a whirlwind job offer. We are so excited!!

I am wondering about schools for my kids especially my eldest as we were considering an international school as the one in Bern has been recommended. I have no idea what the cost of this could possibly be and whether I should be sending the youngest one there too?!!

I've got a billion other questions too but will refrain for the moment and do some more research before I bombard this forum!

It's all happened so quickly my head is still spinning (we were told 2 days ago and are moving in 6 weeks!) any help, advice, stuff to do/not do would be really really appreciated!!!!

It looks so beautiful.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10.07.2011, 22:26
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Hello and welcome to forum . How long will you be living here for?
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Old 10.07.2011, 22:28
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Hi,

Thank you.

We are moving out for good!!
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Re: Moving to Fribourg!!!!

Say whaaaat? For good?! In 6 weeks time? Wow! Well, hmm, giddy up then very exciting! I don't really have any advice for you right now, so I'll wait and see what more specific questions you may have. Good luck with the move! I hope it goes very well for you and your family see you soon
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Ha ha!! I know it's crazy but hey, you only live once!!



And thanks for welcoming me to the site.

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Welcome to Switzerland. Glad you are up for a bit of adventure, and looking forward to it. Switzerland is indeed wonderful- warts and all, LOL.
Fribourg is great, near mountains, not far from lakes - and you can speak French, which is much easier that Swiss German. Enjoy
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Hello there,

My lovely husband, my 2 beautiful kids (7 and 13) and I are about to move to Fribourg after a whirlwind job offer. We are so excited!!

I am wondering about schools for my kids especially my eldest as we were considering an international school as the one in Bern has been recommended. I have no idea what the cost of this could possibly be and whether I should be sending the youngest one there too?!!

I've got a billion other questions too but will refrain for the moment and do some more research before I bombard this forum!

It's all happened so quickly my head is still spinning (we were told 2 days ago and are moving in 6 weeks!) any help, advice, stuff to do/not do would be really really appreciated!!!!

It looks so beautiful.

Thanks in advance.
I personally think the best bet for schooling and local integration for your children, is to put them into your local school system, and try to fast track their language learning - the youngest should pick up the basics quite quickly - as they get a bit older it takes a bit more time. Additional help is also given to children at school to learn the language.
The problem you're going to face though, in Fribourg, is that depending on exactly where you choose to live, you could be in a German or French speaking part - I don't know if you have a preference of one over the other?

Despite that Fribourg itself is technically bi-lingual - in reality the city is predominantly French speaking, and direction Bern is German; and the other way and immediately surrounding areas, French.

I have no knowledge of the International school at Bern (fortunately both of mine have grown up here and are bi-lingual - Eng/Ger), but their attendance might possibly mean that they were viewed as outsiders where they live.

I don't know if you've had the opportunity to look at possible areas where you may consider living, but in general terms the closer to Bern the more expensive rents may become.

However if a housing allowance was available, and rents not too much of a consideration, places that might work regarding commuting to Fribourg (hubby's work) and Bern (kids school?) could be:
- Düdingen, Flamatt (and a couple of places in between) - these are in a straight line between Fr. And Be. and are German speaking;
- Mürten is another possibility and is like a 3rd tip of a triangle (with Fr. and Be.) with rail access to both, and again is predominantly Ger. speaking.
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Re: Moving to Fribourg!!!!

Wow!!! Thank you all so much I am overwhelmed by your kindness and spirit you have shown me in all your replies! Now I'm even more excited to be coming over!!!!! I can't wait. I think I will put my wee boy in the local school as tough as it may be for a couple of months I think it will be worth it. However I am still a bit stuck for my daughter as this will be the year I'd the dreaded GCSE's! So. I really want to try and make it as easy fir her as possible. Bless! Anyway back to my excitement!! Hee hee!! I can't wait to meet you all. I handed my resignation in today and so did my hubby feels really real now!
Thanks again everyone. Xxx
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Re: Moving to Fribourg!!!!

Hubby's work is in Villars Sur Glane is there a lovely, beautiful, gorgeous place that would be amazingly great for my family and I to move to nearby? As I can only count to 10 in German and I can ask for a glass of wine in French I think I would be better suited to live in the French speaking part of Fribourg!

Did I mention I was excited??!!

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Re: Moving to Fribourg!!!!

Wow, I too am starting a new job in Villars-sur-Glane mid-August.
Moving from Los Angeles!
Is that "for good"? I am not going to say that: life always throws curved balls and I have been in more places that I ever thought I would ever be.
Meanwhile, we'll set ourselves to enjoy the ride.

See you there!
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Wow, I too am starting a new job in Villars-sur-Glane mid-August.
Moving from Los Angeles!
Is that "for good"? I am not going to say that: life always throws curved balls and I have been in more places that I ever thought I would ever be.
Meanwhile, we'll set ourselves to enjoy the ride.

See you there!
Good luck!!!!
A day trip to Lancaster would be a good comparison as to what to expect, in the way of culture shock (even from the Valley!).
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Re: Moving to Fribourg!!!!

Wow!! LA to fribourg that will be different alright and I haven't even been to either place!!
Hopefully we'll see you there. I'll be the one with the big scared eyes wondering if I can remember how to ask for a loaf of bread in my high school French!!
I sincerely hope that your curve balls have been good ones and this is another adventure to rack up with your others. I hope our stay is for as long as we want. So at the moment for good sounds good to me! I hate moving house. But hopefully this will be a good move as I hope yours will be too.

Best wishes xx
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Welcome to Switzerland!
We just moved from Glasgow to Villars-sur-Glâne last week and we are delighted. The girls (5 and 12 years old) have settled in very well, there is lots of children around, even English speaking ones ;-)
Regarding your eldest child, the school will organize help to catch up with French/German and everything they need. My daughters speak French but my oldest one doesn't write it so the head teacher said they won't take into account any marks until January to give her time to settle in. We know she will have to work hard the first year but she will catch up eventually. And I know that she won't be the only one to be in that situation ;-)
I hope you'll be as happy as we are! I am looking forward to meeting all of you!
Wow! Sounds great. Your reply couldn't have come at a better time. Just said goodbye to a great friend and was feeling a bit down so to read all the positives in your message has really cheered me up!! What is villars sur glane like? We're moving in about 5 weeks! Can't wait. Thanks again.
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I'm so excited! [just hired]

So the contract is signed and the relocation people have "reached out" to me!! Hopefully I'll get to see Fribourg for the very first time next week. I can't wait.

Just wanted to share. Hee hee! Even the kids are still excited.
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...and I just can't hide it
I'm about to lose control and I think I like it

Congratulations!
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I just want to get house hunting and come and play! The more I read about switzerland the more excited I get. Even reading the grumpy - I hate Switzerland - forums. Hee hee hee!!!
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I just want to get house hunting and come and play! The more I read about switzerland the more excited I get. Even reading the grumpy - I hate Switzerland - forums. Hee hee hee!!!
House hunting is quite fun, but I must warn you that depending on the area (not sure about Fribourg) it can be utterly stressful and depressing. Houses are expensive and difficult to find It's like a battlefield, but when you find your perfect place, it has an overwhelming feeling of success!

I wish you luck ^^
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Re: Moving to Fribourg!!!!

Hello and welcome
Hope you are loaded because houses are very expensive in Switzerland, on average at least three times the UK price.
Good luck
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Hope you are loaded because houses are very expensive in Switzerland, on average at least three times the UK price.
Good luck
Don't worry too much about this. Just like in the UK prices vary hugely from area to area. Zurich and Geneva are just crazy, but Fribourg canton is much cheaper and much easier to get a good flat/house. Bienvenue et bonne chance.
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House hunting is quite fun, but I must warn you that depending on the area (not sure about Fribourg) it can be utterly stressful and depressing. Houses are expensive and difficult to find It's like a battlefield, but when you find your perfect place, it has an overwhelming feeling of success!

I wish you luck ^^
Aw thanks! I'm just looking forward to drinking in the new culture. I have done a bit of research and realise its quite expensive but I'm currently living in Oxfordshire which is stupidly expensive too so I'm not put off as it's all balanced out with higher salary etc. I also just like nosing around other people's houses. And fribourg looks so beautiful. I can't wait to get there. Did I mention I'm excited??!
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