Just arrived in Geneva ? Don’t worry, you are not the only one.
Believe it or not, but Geneva’s population is made up of more than 40% of expats. From businessmen to United Nations workers, the population of the third largest city in Switzerland makes it the international hub of the country.
Here is a quick guide to any future expat going to (or having the attention to) move to Geneva – from RL Learning to you.
Get down to business
When a company hires an expatriate, they are required to give you a hand on both your lodging (offering one whilst you are looking for your new home, for instance) and, of course, the oh-so complicated paperwork an expatriation implies. This includes visas, work permit, life insurance… Don’t be afraid of asking for help : the Ressources Humaines department (Human Resources) will be there to guide you around all the formalities. For now, EasyExpat’s guide to Swiss paperwork is worth a look.
Take care of family business (schools…)
Swiss state schools provide free education to any children residing in Switzerland. Be careful not to pass on some preliminary research nonetheless: the country does not have a nationwide curriculum, so you might want to know which school suits your child best. Furthermore, you will find that of State schools provide classes d’accueil in addition to the normal curriculum. Children are taught basic knowledge of French in order to ensure they meet the Swiss standard of education. For any further help, drop an eye at the Accueil des élèves allophones.
The city of Geneva also provides various daycare programs for children form a very young age (crèches, halte-jeux…). RL Learning’s school for children, Arnie’s, also provides English-speaking daycare programs for children aged from 2 to 8.
Don’t be alone
Here is a list of resources you might find helpful during every step of your moving to Geneva:
- join a community: https://www.internations.org/geneva-expats?&utm_source=google_adwords&utm_term=expat%20in%20geneva&utm_medium=cpc&ad=268856831247&utm_content=Expat&utm_campaign=LC_CH_Geneva&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIoMWgp9fJ3gIVRflRCh2iNw4PEAAYASAAEgJvlvD_BwE
- interact and learn from other expats’ experience: http://smartexpat.com/switzerland/geneva?mini=1
- prepare your move: http://www.expatarrivals.com/europe/switzerland/geneva/moving-geneva
- enjoy the city (https://www.timeout.com/switzerland/things-to-do/ten-tips-for-when-you-first-move-to-geneva)
Learn the language !
According to ExpatFinancial, “learning the local language is crucial for expatriates (…)”. More than a simple tool of communication, speaking the language will increase your confidence inside of the company and the number of your contacts, and will, overall, make your everyday life way much easier.
Here at RL Learning, we understand that there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” French course, especially in a business environment. This is why we have created different sets of French lessons, both for business and personal purposes.