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Relocating from UK to Zurich

Hi, so we have decided to relocate from the UK to Zurich. I have been working here 3/4 days a week for over 6 months so know the area a little. However, I'm now taking a permanent contract and will settle here with my wife and 3 kids (13,11,7).

My first task is to find us an apartment and arrange schooling. Despite a very good salary I cannot afford to put all 3 in international school so am looking at local schools. Can anyone advise any particular area I should be looking at in Zurich? Obviously prices decrease the further out of the city you go but my gut feel is the "city" schools will be more suitable for our kids as they learn German. I understand that the older 2 are likely to spend the first year solely learning German.

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Re: Relocating from UK to Zurich

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Please try to do some reading with regards to schooling especially Streaming. 13 is not a good age for a child with no German (or French or Italian) to come to Switzerland. Sorry to be so blunt. The 7 year old will be fine, the 11 year old most probably too but 13 is not a good age. Maybe international or bilingual for the oldest might be the better Option. Depends if you are planning on staying only for 3 years or longer. Read threads in the education section. This has been covered many times before.


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Re: Relocating from UK to Zurich

Thanks for the advice. I will look into bi-lingual / international schools for the oldest as you suggest. I'd rather keep them all together but most seem to want around 30k per child! Fine if your employer is paying but it will be down to me.
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Could you negotiate with your company to pay a percentage towards bilingual international school for the older two for, say, a year?

That way you can get them up to speed in German then put either or both of them into state school when they will be better equipped linguistically to cope with it?

Maybe your company is simply unaware of the issues you are faced with your family and the ages of the children and if you discuss it with them they might help out?
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Hi Darren


Please try to do some reading with regards to schooling especially Streaming. 13 is not a good age for a child with no German (or French or Italian) to come to Switzerland. Sorry to be so blunt. The 7 year old will be fine, the 11 year old most probably too but 13 is not a good age. Maybe international or bilingual for the oldest might be the better Option. Depends if you are planning on staying only for 3 years or longer. Read threads in the education section. This has been covered many times before.


Might not be what you wanted to hear but better now than never.


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Don't underestimate the teenager too much, we have several friends who came with young teenagers (and a bit older), who have picked up the language very quickly and have thrived. I agree, generally speaking the older the child, the greater the challenge, but you could be surprised.
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Don't underestimate the teenager too much, we have several friends who came with young teenagers (and a bit older), who have picked up the language very quickly and have thrived. I agree, generally speaking the older the child, the greater the challenge, but you could be surprised.
I have seen the opposite and it can really put a strain on the family. I think the idea of the oldest one going to a bilingual school is sound advice and something I have seen done before.
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Don't underestimate the teenager too much, we have several friends who came with young teenagers (and a bit older), who have picked up the language very quickly and have thrived. I agree, generally speaking the older the child, the greater the challenge, but you could be surprised.
I agree and if the OP is not dead set on university then it's much less a problem. But it is really something I would love into long and hard. Uprooting teenagers is bad at the best of times ;-)
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