Jo Kenworthy is studying French and Spanish at the University of Surrey and is coming to the end of her year abroad where she spent six months in Paris and five months in Madrid. In Paris she worked for a company called RTE, and in Madrid she worked for for the editorial group Macmillan, and she has been blogging about her experiences. Here are her thoughts about the less discussed aspects of the year abroad in terms of setting yourself some realistic expectations...
Jessi Wells studied French and History at the University of Oxford and spent her year abroad working as a Language Assistant at the Lyceé Edouard Branly in Dreux, France. Here's an interview with her mother about her perspective of Jessi's year abroad: driving her to France with all her stuff, how her daughter changed during the experience and her advice for other parents.
Jonathan Nesbitt studies French and German at the University of St Andrews. He is spending his third year abroad in Vienna, studying both subjects at Universität Wien. In this article, he explains why a trip to a future study or work destination can be a great start to the year abroad!
Jack Graham is studying French and Chinese at the University of Hull and is spent the summer before his year abroad working in Strasbourg as a Stagiaire at a hostel before moving to Shanghai to study Chinese at East China Normal University. Here's his advice about applying for a visa while you're already abroad.
Charlotte Jones is studying Law with European Studies at the University of Exeter and is spending her Erasmus year at Westfalische-Wilhelms Universität in Münster, Germany. Here is her insider guide to the city: accommodation, getting around town, bars, cafés, clubs, top places to see, and the things she wishes she'd known before arriving in Münster.
Lucy studies Law with Politics at the University of Sussex and has recently returned from a year abroad in Grenoble, France, where she was studying for a Certificate in French Law. Her course was taught in English, which made it hard to immerse herself in the language, so here's her advice about how to improve your foreign language skills abroad despite all the English you hear every day.
To celebrate the European Day of Languages today, we asked our community how learning a language at university - whether as a degree subject, evening class, year abroad activity or ab initio challenge - has helped or inspired you. Here is the myriad of responses to illustrate the true impact of language-learning on our lives.
Ben Brunton is a French and English Literature graduate from the University of Sheffield. He's currently on a lecteur exchange and about to go into his second year of teaching English at the Aix-Marseille University in France. Here's his experience of working as a lecteur, or native English-speaking assistant, in France, the application process, training, pay and effects of Brexit.
Jessi Wells is a graduate of French and History at the University of Oxford and spent her year abroad working as a Language Assistant at the Lyceé Edouard Branly in Dreux, France. Here is her guide to the small town of Dreux, through the history of its street names.
Michael Yeates is doing Hispanic Studies at the University of Liverpool and spent 6 months of his year abroad teaching English in Argentina with a company called Colonias de Inmersión al Idioma and a further 6 months studying at PUC Rio in Brazil, where he blogged about his adventures. Travel opportunities, host families, cost of living... here's why you should choose South America over Spain for your year abroad.