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Education abroad: How to find an international school

Moving abroad is a stressful process that involves many challenges, and one of them is finding the right school for expat children.

Education abroad: How to find an international school

Expats who move abroad with infants usually find themselves struggling to comprehend the education system in the country they have moved to. Should you choose a local or an international school? How do you know? Choosing is a task that may require a great deal of exploration, planning, and discernment.

Luckily there are a few tricks to make it easier. Cigna Global, for instance, doesn’t just offer great healthcare for expats worldwide – they go a step further.

 “As an expat myself, I know all too well how stressful things like finding a new school for your children can be. With this in mind, we created the Cigna International School Finder,” said Arjan Toor, Managing Director of Cigna Global. “The tool itself lets you find out in detail about international schools in your desired area, and even lets you compare them. I’m delighted to be able to share this with the expat community, and I’m sure it’ll be very useful to them.”

An international school often helps children to have a smoother transition, especially in a country with a different language.  This type of education provides pupils with the opportunity to learn the native language while being immersed in the culture, at the same time it allows them to interact with peers from many other countries. It may also broaden prospects for further studies abroad.

“There are very limited tools available when it comes to finding schools abroad,” Arjan Toor says. “Cigna’s new international school finder offers a great solution, especially since it’s completely free of charge.”

The map allows users to search for different types of international schools anywhere in the world, and to narrow options by geographical area. It has special features to add schools to a shortlist and compare choices, and filter results by different academic and curricular options. The tool provides specific details for each school, including website, contact details and quick facts.

Start exploring, and share it with anyone you know who may be struggling to find a new school for their expat children.

To find out more or get a quick quote, please visit www.cignaglobal.com

This article was sponsored by Cigna Global.

 

Read more about expat healthcare:

Becoming an expat: where to start
Education abroad: How to find an international school
Why expats choose international health insurance
Retiring abroad: what you should know

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HEALTH

How do I get a European Health Insurance Card in Austria?

An European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) provides EU residents with access to public healthcare across the bloc. Here’s what you need to know about getting an EHIC in Austria.

How do I get a European Health Insurance Card in Austria?

A big advantage of living in Europe is the ability to travel to so many different countries.

But sometimes accidents or illness can happen while on holiday or a work trip, which can mean an unplanned visit to a doctor.

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Thankfully, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) provides some protection against expensive medical bills in the form of reciprocal healthcare. 

Here’s what you need to know about the EHIC and how to get the card in Austria.

What is an EHIC?

An EHIC is a form of medical insurance cover and replaces the international health insurance voucher (form E111). It is issued free of charge and allows holders to access state-provided medical care while temporarily in another EU country. 

It works on a reciprocal basis through a country’s social security system and care is provided at the same cost as those insured in the country (which means it can be free, in some cases).

This means that if you have an e-card and are insured with one of the public health insurances in Austria, such as ÖGK, for example, you are entitled to the EHIC and to access public health services (to a certain extent) in other countries.

FOR MEMBERS: What is Austria’s e-card and what do you need to know about it?

The EHIC is valid in all 27 EU countries, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the UK.

However, the EHIC is not an alternative to comprehensive travel insurance as it doesn’t cover any private healthcare costs, a flight home or lost/stolen property.

Why do I need an EHIC in Austria?

The main advantage of having an EHIC is if you need medical treatment while briefly travelling in another country.

While the coverage is limited to state-provided healthcare, it does mean you will be treated by a doctor and not liable to pay non-resident medical fees.

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Austria’s e-card – the national insurance card – is needed for almost all medical procedures. On the back, it contains the EHIC Ecard image: Wikicommons

How do I get an EHIC?

EHICs are issued by the national health country provider of the country where you live. This could be, for example, the ÖGK or SVA, depending on which provider you use in Austria.

In Austria, every e-card (the health insurance card that is used to visit a doctor) already contains an EHIC on the reverse of the card, so there is no need to apply for it separately. 

However, if the data fields on the EHIC on the back of your e-card contains stars (***) instead of personal information such as name and date of birth, further documentation is required to access healthcare in another EU country.

In this case, you need to contact your social security provider in Austria to receive a replacement card before you travel.

The EHIC is only valid on the condition that you are insured or co-insured in Austria.

Useful words 

Social insurance – Sozialversicherung

Travel insurance – Reiseversicherung

Healthcare – Gesundheitspflege

Useful links

European Commission

Austrian social insurance

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