Being an expat can be enriching in terms of meeting new cultures and having adventures, but it can also be challenging. For example, you will need to build a social network from scratch in your new host country. Another challenge is that you will encounter cultural differences on a daily basis, and you can develop your intercultural competence to deal better with these situations. My research has taught me a lot about these and other topics. Interested? Read about my findings and advice below.

Working with other cultures
Breaking out of the expat bubble
Making friends abroad
Challenges of sport expats

A quick note on the term ‘expat’ – I always like the following rather broad definition of an expat because it includes both those who are sent by a company as well as those who take their own initiative to find a job abroad – both groups face challenges in terms of settling into the host country. “An expatriate is anyone who works outside of his or her home country, with a planned return to that or a third country” (Cascio, 2006, p. 176).


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