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richheap
richheap  
11/29/2013 10:24:39 AM
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Re: London, really?
Yes, it's expensive in London but the other factors have counted in London's favour more than they have done for other expensive cities. If you gave more weight to the cost of living in this analysis then London would slip down the table.

I have studied in London, but I was only a student there for nine months and I lived with my Mum. My experience is not a good barometer.

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
11/29/2013 7:02:38 AM
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London, really?
Actually, I'm surprised London is so high up the list. I'm a huge fan of the city but it's so wildly expensive!! For a student on a tight budget it could be prohibitive, don't you think? The city has so much to offer, but it's a tough sell if you're scrambling to makes ends meet. 

Then again, I've never been a student there, so maybe there are ways.... 

richheap
richheap  
11/27/2013 9:02:08 AM
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Re: Worth it.
Well, my friends are teachers so the cost of schooling isn't such an issue for them, but your point is still a good one. I can't imagine moving overseas with my family but perhaps that's because I'm narrow-minded. I've grown up in the UK, I like it, I'm used to it...

bulk
bulk  
11/27/2013 8:41:05 AM
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Re: Worth it.
Rich, if you want to send your children to quality international schools here it will be rather expensive, on par with what you would pay for a quality private school in the states. My son lives here in Thailand and he attends a private pre-school. I would not mind for him to grow up here, as long as he could stay in the private school system where everything is taught in english. Quality of life is rather nice here, and with higher education and being a forginer you have a very strong earning potential. But you have to be able to adjust to living in Thailand, its not for everyone. 

richheap
richheap  
11/27/2013 8:19:52 AM
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Re: Worth it.
Thanks Bulk. I know some people who've moved over to Thailand for a better quality of life, but they're now planning to come back as their children reach school age.

If it's a pain to upload photos then you're welcome to send them to me at Heap@UBMFutureCities.com

bulk
bulk  
11/27/2013 8:09:30 AM
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Re: Worth it.
Never mind, i just saw the section to upload the pictuers. :-)

bulk
bulk  
11/27/2013 8:08:05 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Worth it.
@Rich, I have been in Thailand almost a year I guess. The transition was not bad since it is an international university and everything is in english. But getting around outside of the university persented some difficulties for a while. 

I do have some pictures from my adventures in Bangkok and the surounding cities that I could post up. where should I do so? 

richheap
richheap  
11/27/2013 4:19:18 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Worth it.
Sounds interesting, Bulk. How long have you been in Thailand? How are you finding it so far? If you have any pictures of the city you could share then we'd love to feature them in Today's Snapshot.

richheap
richheap  
11/27/2013 4:16:16 AM
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Re: Vienna etc.
Thanks Venks. There is the option to rank these cities solely by employer activity. If you do that then you get this top ten: (1) Singapore, (2) Hong Kong, (3) Milan, (4) Paris, (5) London, (6) Tokyo, (7) Sydney, (8) Melbourne, (9) Boston, (10) Beijing.

bulk
bulk  
11/26/2013 2:12:25 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Worth it.
I think I might be the odd case here, I am an American working on my PhD overseas in Thailand, I was accepted to several PhD programs in the US but opted to come to Thailand for a number of reasons, one major factor was economic, I had recived only partial scholarship offers in the US but my university here gave me a scholarship which not only covers my tuition but all of my expensis as well. 

I know that its a risk to pursue a PhD outside the US, but I did my research and figured it is a calculated risk, so why not go for it. 

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