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  • TYA Answers Live Q&A Day!

    Friday, 08 August 2014

    Hi Third Year Abroad users! We have an exciting announcement!

  • 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.

  • Tim Blore is a Modern Languages student at Durham University. After a semester as an Erasmus student in Tübingen, Germany, he is currently working as an English language instructor for children in Paris. Here is his light-hearted take on teaching young French children English, making them laugh, and learning just as much in return.

  • The Mole Diaries: Galicia

    Wednesday, 19 March 2014

    Becky is studying French, Spanish and Catalan at Durham University. She has just spent a semester in Tours, France, and is now studying in Lugo, Spain. Check out her blog for her latest update, and here is her insider guide to life in Galicia, the hilly autonomous community in the northwest corner of Spain. Read on for tips on the countryside, cities, food, weather and language in Galicia...

  • Erasmus Programme: Hopes and Fears

    Wednesday, 26 February 2014

    Like many other students in Britain (and all over the world), I'm currently in the beginning stages of organising myself to be prepared to study abroad for nine months, and with this organising comes certain concerns and stressful situations. Before going to my Erasmus finance meeting tomorrow, that will also touch on applying to the foreign University of my choice (in my case the University of Graz), I'm going to highlight some of the initial worries I've been feeling, and hopefully some people will realise that they're not alone.

  • Ahh Spain. It was bound to happen. All character building of course. Here’s how it went down.

  • Ellie Cobbe was at Leicester University, and spent her year abroad in Paris and Valencia, and has since moved to Madrid to work as a Language Assistant. Here is an account from her blog of three dramas she experienced on her Erasmus year and why she was so relieved she took out year abroad insurance.

  • Tim Blore is studying Modern Languages at Durham University. He spent the first semester of his year abroad as an Erasmus student in Tübingen, Germany, and is currently working as an English language instructor for children in Paris. Here is his advice, with anecdotes mixed in, about dealing with paperwork, registering at the uni, the Erasmus programme, meeting and joining in with the locals, making the most of your time, learning new skills, travelling, homesickness avoidance tactics, and surviving university lectures on your year abroad...

  • Katherine is studying English Literature at the University of Warwick, and is spendign a year abroad studying English and German at the Freie Universität in Berlin to improve her language skills and experience the German culture. Here is her advice about finding somewhere to live in Berlin...

  • A summer au pair in Paris

    Saturday, 25 January 2014

    Left with the dilemma of both desperately wanting summer plans as well as being very aware of the need to improve my French skills before the imminent year abroad, I hastily made a profile on Au pair Several messages and one Skype conversation later, I found myself on the plane to Paris where I was to spend an incredible five weeks as a summer jeune fille au pair.

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