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  • Nel is currently studying French and Linguistics at Toulouse II Jean Jaures on exchange from the University of Edinburgh. Having just had the scary realisation of being past the halfway point of her Erasmus year, she is keen to share words of advice for those thinking of embarking on their own year abroad adventure. To read more about her in La Ville Rose, visit her blog.

  • Why did you choose your language?

    Tuesday, 17 February 2015

    As GCHQ and the Foreign Office call for more Arabic, Chinese and Russian graduates, we ask why did you learn your language?

  • Helen Long studies German and Spanish at Nottingham University. She is spending the first six months of her Third Year Abroad as a Language Assistant in a primary school in Berlin, before relocating to Madrid to spend five months working in a university. For more of Helen's adventures, check out her blog or follow her on Twitter

  • Shannah Gates studies Biology at the University of East Anglia and is spending her year abroad studying at the University of Wollongong in Australia. In this piece, she tells us about Aussie lingo, drinking rules and shock encounters with creepy crawlies! For more Australian adventures, check out her blog!

  • For most students, a Year Abroad is not just about exploring new cultures, partying with foreign friends and eating and drinking a ridiculous amount. For those of you who also have to factor in the challenge of improving your language skills, these breakthrough moments might just be familiar...

  • Zoe Taylor is studying BSc Business Management and French at the University of Surrey and is currently based in Toulouse, France where she is working as a Global Sourcing Intern at Airbus Group. In this article, she tells us why Toulouse is an amazing place to spend time abroad during your degree! To hear more about her time in France, have a look at her blog or follow her on Twitter.

  • Doing a year abroad can be a long and difficult decision - one which is completely worth it. But what do you do if your parents don't want you to go? We've put together this list of potential questions and answers, together with some handy links to our articles, to help you reassure the 'rents.

  • Charlotte Bull is studying German and Russian at the University of Cambridge and is spending her year abroad in Samara, Russia, working as a volunteer in an NGO office through the European Voluntary Service. If you're interested in learning more about a year abroad in Russia, have a look at her blog!

  • Imogen Reid is studying French and German at King’s College London, spending her year abroad divided between studying at two universities, the University of the French West Indies and Guyana on the island of Martinique, a French overseas department, and at Humboldt University, Berlin. This is her story of dealing with accidents, broken bones and les hôpitaux français! You can keep up with her adventures abroad on her blog

  • There is a popular misconception that doing a year (or even a semester) abroad is prohibitively expensive, but at Third Year Abroad, we believe that everyone should be able to benefit from a year abroad, no matter what their financial background.

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