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The Expat Child in Abu Dhabi

27 August 2018

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Moving abroad can often be a very challenging time for parents and their children. The good news is that if handled correctly, moving abroad can be hugely beneficial to children.

Studies show that expat children are more likely to develop into confident adults, with more adaptable and advanced social skills than students who do not go abroad. Thanks to their experience of moving to a new country they are likely to cope better with change. They are also more attuned to and tolerant of multicultural differences – a useful attribute in an increasingly diverse world.

To help with the transition, a child’s new school abroad often becomes a major focus of the child’s and family’s social life. Finding a school with a ‘family ethos’ is important, and
The British International School Abu Dhabi prides itself on being a welcoming and friendly community with the highest quality learning opportunities extending beyond the classroom. 

Family and community events are hosted throughout the year not only for students but also for parents, including themed monthly coffee mornings and classes for parents such as Arabic language and Yoga.

The British International School Abu Dhabi is a part of the Nord Anglia Education family of 56 schools worldwide, providing programmes for students that no other school in Abu Dhabi can offer.

Some of these amazing opportunities include:

  • a collaboration between Nord Anglia Education and The Juilliard School in New York which sees students at The British International School Abu Dhabi following a performing arts curriculum developed together with specialists from Juilliard. 
  • a new approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) at The British International School Abu Dhabi through a collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
  • through the guidance of UNICEF, students are honoured to be working to raise awareness of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and to work with local communities to create solutions for these global issues.
  • the chance to participate in worldwide expedition programmes, from a highly rewarding service expedition to a local community in Tanzania to a personal challenge expedition in Switzerland.

The ‘Be Ambitious’ philosophy at The British International School Abu Dhabi drives the educational offering, believing there is no limit to what students can achieve.  This approach to teaching is designed to develop skills that every person requires, and not just the ability to remember facts.