Global Career Update
July 2014 College Edition




This edition of Global Career Update takes on topics the world over including living in Mexico, working in Denmark and applying for visas in South Africa. It also explores traveling with your smartphone and expat conversations.

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Erasmus+ Will Support 250,000 Brits to Study Abroad

Under the new EU Erasmus+ mobility scheme, 250,000 opportunities for study or work abroad will be available to Brits between now and 2020. The new program aims to address the fact that twice as many students go to Britain than UK students go abroad. Four million more people will be able to study, train, work or volunteer in a new country under the new Erasmus+ funding program for education, training, youth and sport. Read more 

White House: US Immigration ‘Will Authorize Employment for H-1B Spouses”

The White House recently announced a proposal that would allow spouses of H-1B recipients to work in the US. The announcement came as part of a package of proposals aimed at helping highly skilled workers and entrepreneurs working in the US and making the US an attractive destination for talented foreign workers. Read more 

The Most Popular International Cities for Business Travel

Traveling for business is different than traveling for pleasure. However, it is possible to have overlap. Luckily, the top ten cities for international business travel offer business opportunities as well as leisure activities. London tops the list followed by Shanghai, Singapore and Beijing. Tokyo, Toronto, Hong Kong, Paris, Mexico City and Sao Paolo round out the top ten. Read more 

Traveling Abroad with your Smartphone: Three Ways to Cut Data Costs

International data fees when traveling abroad can cost a fortune - unless you plan ahead. The options may be complicated but they will save you money if you want to use your phone. Your options include modifying your current phone carrier plan, buying a SIM card in your destination country (with the right type of unlocked phone) or getting your own personal Wi-Fi. Read more 

Grounded Traveler: First 7 Questions in Expat Conversations

For expats living in other cultures, finding friends is an important coping mechanism in order to make life easier. When expats meet other expats, there are several questions that often come up. These questions can help expats decide if they have enough in common to form a longer friendship. Read more 

Key Findings of Global Study on Internationalisation

As more universities open their doors to students from other countries, focus has been increasing on the internationalization of high education. A survey by the International Association of Universities has found that the biggest institutional risk of internationalization is that it primarily benefits wealthier students. The biggest societal risk is the growing commercialization of higher education. Read more 

South Africa: List of Occupations Qualifying for Critical Skills Visa Published

South Africa recently published the list of skills and occupations that will qualify workers for the Critical Skills Visa and Permanent Residence Permit. There will be no limits on the number of accepted applications for each occupation. The new skills list aims to address skills shortages in the country. Read more 

Expat Mexico: 5 Best Places to Live in Mexico

Mexico draws expats due to its low cost of living, nice weather and welcoming culture. However, the security situation impacts where expats choose to live. Recent expat reviews identify five of the best places to live in the country. These places include Merida, Nuevo Vallarta, Manzanillo, San Miguel de Allende and San Cristobal de las Casas. Read more 

Economic Growth in Africa to Rise, Average 4.8 Percent This Year: AfDB

According to the African Development Bank, African economies are set to grow an average of 4.8 percent this year. Financial flows into the continent will rise above $200 billion – quadruple the levels from 2000. While the economic outlook is mostly positive, insecurity in some countries and the need for job creation gives the continent an element of fragility. Read more 




Denmark: Daily Life

The country of Denmark is made up of the mainland above Germany and nearby islands as well as the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic and Greenland in North America. Danish society is egalitarian and informal. Everyone is encouraged to present his or her point of view. The Danes promote the idea of humility where all are equal and the flaunting of wealth or personal achievement is frowned upon. Read more

South Korea: Cost of Living

South Koreans enjoy a high standard of living, but the cost of living is still reasonable. Costs are high in some areas (such as food and housing) but are offset by lower ones in others (such as transportation). Expats should expect to pay high prices for Western foods and goods. Read more