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  • Isabelle Stokes is a writer who recently swapped the London smog for the laid-back shores of Bulgaria. She has been blogging about her experiences, but here she gives us her top tips for getting to grips with this frequently misunderstood country. 

  • Natalie Earl started learning Italian Ab Initio in her first year at Royal Holloway, University of London. She spent 8 months in France working as an English Language Assistant, before transferring to Civita Castellana, Italy, where she is currently working as an intern for Tour Operator "Stop in Italy".

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • How to succeed at le CAF

    Monday, 01 September 2014

    Katherine is studying French and German and the University of York and, spent her first semester as an Erasmus student at Aix-Marseille University in Aix-en-Provence. She's blogging about her experiences, but here are her tips for puzzling out the infamously tricksy French grant system known as CAF...

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    Friday, 08 August 2014

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

  • 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...

  • 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.

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