There’s no one-size-fits-all rule for settling into expat life in a new country, but here are a few helpful articles and personal stories that may help make your move a little easier.

British expat Striddle moved to Bengaluru, India to pursue a job opportunity as a deputy principal at a school. Here are his thoughts after six months of living in the Garden City of India. Find out more about India in the Expat Arrivals India country guide or read more expat experiences in India… Read more
There is something unknown and uncharted about having a child, and giving birth as an expat in a foreign country could be a bit more daunting. One of the biggest challenges for new foreign arrivals in India would be to understand the options available to them in terms of having a baby. This quest… Read more
Deborah is a British Expat living in Bangalore. She became a 'trailing spouse' in October 2015 when her husband was offered a job in Bangalore. In her interview with Expat Arrivals, Deborah talks about the culture shock she has experienced in India and the ups and downs of expat life.  She has… Read more
When in an alien situation (in this case, a new cultural experience), it is very easy to jump the gun on deciding the causes of problems we may face. It is a cultural difference, of course, what else? Right? Wrong!  Too often, expats decide prematurely that any issue that they may be facing is… Read more
Adria is a British expat who moved to Chennai in India with her husband. She is a photographer who loves the chaos and the friendly locals of Chennai, who are always eager to have their photo taken by her. In her quest to settle into expat life in Chennai and make new friends in India, Adria set up… Read more
Lisa Marks is an American expat living in Delhi. She moved to India with her husband in August 2013. While Lisa has experienced a degree of culture shock, she has embraced the opportunity to live in a new country. In her interview with Expat Arrivals, Lisa provides insights into the challenges of… Read more
According to the International Monetary Fund, India is set to become the third largest economy in the world by 2030. Despite the global economic slowdown, India’s GDP has been growing at an average of 8.5 percent in the last five years. A BBC World Service survey conducted in over 24 countries… Read more
BombayJules is a British expat living in India. She moved to Mumbai with her husband when he was transferred there for work. She has made the most of her time in Mumbai as a “trailing spouse” (a term she is not too fond of) by volunteering at an NGO, writing for an expat magazine, travelling, and… Read more
Harjyot Malhotra has a Masters Degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology and has worked in some of the top international schools in India. Until June 2012 she headed the Learning Support Department and Counselling cell for a fully authorised IB school in Mumbai… Read more
Mathilde is a French expat living in Mumbai. She first came to India as a manager of a French boutique hotel and is now a relocation specialist and partner in MD Relocation and Consultancy, helping companies, and expats and their families to settle in India. Read more about India in the Expat… Read more
Doris is a French expat who has been living in Delhi for the past nine years, and thinks India is a wonderful place to be. She works as a relocation specialist and is a partner in MD Relocation and Consultancy, helping companies, and expatriates and their families to settle in India. Read more… Read more
Pruma is an Indian national who has lived in the States for many years and recently decided to return to India. Now living between Hyderabad and Bangalore with her husband and young son, she shares some of her experiences of repatriating to India after being away for so long.  Read more about… Read more
Lindsey moved to India as the "trailing spouse" when her husband got a job in Mumbai. Three years later, despite the cultural adjustments, life has been an adventure and she does not regret the move.  Read more about India in the Expat Arrivals India country guide or read more expat experiences in… Read more
Despite Jennifer Kumar’s cross-cultural expertise, she’s still finding life as an American living in India and in some cases, quite unforgiving. In her interview with Expat Arrivals, she provides a telling window into expat life in Kochi (state of Kerala). Read more about India in the Expat… Read more
Alex de Goederen is from the Netherlands originally and now lives in Delhi, India, where he has set up his own real estate consultancy. Alex has a Masters degree in Financial Economics at the University of Amsterdam, and has spent a lot of time evaluating and financing real estate projects in the… Read more
Annie Andrews is an Environmental Scientist who left a life lived 20 years in Darwin, Australia for a cricket inspired relocation to Pune, India. Her husband is a state cricket coach, her boys are enjoying the country's competition, and she finds herself an unlikely "cricket widow… Read more
Piet Viljoen is a 50-something Mining Engineer who manages mining projects on behalf of Joy Mining Machinery (India) LTD in India. He ended up in India in October 2008, and is enjoying the difference he makes there. "In South Africa I was too old and too white, here I am honoured… Read more
Katia Novet is a writer and translator from France and Haiti, now living in Hyderabad, India. She has written the well-received children's book Amadi's Snowman, "the story of a Nigerian boy, a book, and the opening of worlds."  Read more expat experiences of India. About… Read more
Marina Marangos is a Greek Cypriot by origin, born and raised on the island. Her professional background is law but she enjoys writing and travelling even more. Luck or circumstance have taken her to London, Kenya, Liverpool, Geneva and now to New Delhi in India which will be her… Read more
Lloyd Lauland moved from Houston, Texas to New Delhi, India with his wife and 16-year-old son after being awarded a company promotion. In his opinion the inconveniences of living in a developing country are outweighed by the city's "rich history, wonderful people and high quality of life". Read… Read more
Kathi is from the USA but has been living in Ahmedabad, India for the last three years. She and her husband relocated to India and started their own business. This interview gives a good idea of what to expect when moving to India.  Read more about the country in the Expat Arrivals guide to India… Read more
Theo Scheffler is a 35-year-old born in Cape Town, South Africa, now living in Hyderabad, India. He is an actuary and fellow of the UK, South African and Indian professional bodies. He is currently the Chief Actuary at Shriram Life Insurance. Theo has been married for more than 12… Read more

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