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As an expat consultancy we have specialised in advising expatriates on their integration into the German language, culture and society.

Our mission is to ensure the smooth integration of expatriates into Germany and help make it a pleasurable experience for them and their families. Through our support, expatriates can focus immediately on their new work and daily routines.


We offer a unique combination of services tailored to the expatriates‘ individual needs – on a professional and personal level. You can flexibly choose between online and offline formats:

Language training

Our language training is tailored to fit each expat‘s individual wishes and needs. Combining linguistic with cultural topics, our training is highly effective, pragmatic and activity-oriented. We have a long-standing experience specializing in German language and culture – exclusively for expats.

  • Individual assessment with personal training programme
  • Flexible times and concepts
  • Intensive one-on-one sessions or mini-groups
  • On-site and online/telephone training
  • Focus on business topics or everyday life
  • Preparation for meetings, negotiations, presentations
  • Guidance and support with appointments and dealing with new daily routines

Cultural consulting & Coaching


Introductory workshop on Germany to understand and manage the intercultural implications of the expat experience

  • Flexible online workshop „MEET THE MÜLLERS“ – combining individual online training with practical live-exercises – prepares expats for living and working in Germany. Topics: German cultural values (i.e. rules and control / time management / separation of  living spheres / individualism / task-orientation / direct communication) and its application in business and social context: management and business communication, self-presentation, body language and distance zones, socializing & making friends etc.
  • Customized workshop – tailored on request for companies, their expats, partners and families



Specialising in consulting expats for more than 20 years, we perfectly know the professional, personal and intercultural challenges that are involved in any expat assignment – and yet every assignment is highly individual. This is why we focus on customized 1:1 coaching respecting the individual culture-specific background of each expat:

  • Coaching for executives with business focus:
      intercultural differences in management styles, business communication and etiquette / change management / coping strategies and personal development
  • Coaching for accompanying expat partners:
      adapting to the new environment / managing change / finding orientation, defining new roles and identities / integrating family and social life / developing new career opportunities / stress management and resilience

information on coaching



A personalised discovery tour to get a first idea of life in Hamburg


Regular  networking events for expatriates to meet and connect for personal exchange and support – designed for expats and their accompanying partners


Joint or individual activities to discover German culture in practice: organised trips to local sights, cultural and social events to experience typical German customs



Birte Helberg founded expatnetwork in 2003 in Hamburg (Germany) and in 2005, developed a partner company, expatservice, in Kiev (Ukraine). As a Systemic Coach, Birte holds a degree in Languages and Educational Studies and lived, studied and worked as an expatriate in various countries. Sarah Zimmer complements the network by adding her academic background in German Language and Political Studies as well as her broad experience in language and culture training, as a museum pedagogue and event organiser. Together they draw on a highly qualified, multilingual team relying on their respective intercultural experience and their understanding of the many challenges of the expatriation process.

expatnetwork has a long-standing expertise in consulting expatriates from all five continents and more than 57 nationalities. Our clients include:



We look forward to receiving your message.

T +49 (0)40 4685 6040

M +49 (0)170 5255 777

E mail@expatnetwork.de

W www.expatnetwork.de

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