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  • Heading off on a year abroad but don't know what to do with all the stuff you can't take with you? For all you London-based students, SpaceWays is here to help!

  • Introducing #YearOverHere!

  • Rachel MacLean studies French and German Interpretation and Translation at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and is spending her year abroad studying at the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken. Read her breakdown of a typical week in the life of an Erasmus+ student in Germany, including battling through language barriers and bus doors, learning to be punctual and trying out a whole lot of classes...

  • Alex Taylor is a student at the University of Leicester, studying French and English. She is currently on her year abroad in Quebec City, Canada. A couple of weeks ago, Alex was attacked in the street by a stranger and she has spent the time since dealing with the emotional, physical and financial consequences. In this article, she shares her traumatic story in order to help future year abroaders who find themselves in a similar position. If you want to keep up to date with how Alex is recovering (and to read about her more positive year abroad adventures!), check out her blog.

  • If you fancy improving your language skills, studying abroad as part of your degree or getting international industry experience on a work placement then British Council Study Work Create can help.

    Dazzled by all your options? Try out our quiz to help you pick the opportunity that's right for you.

  • Having a bad day on your year abroad? Why don't you watch an episode of an English TV show, Skype a friend back home or have a browse of some year abroad blogs to help you tackle the blues? Now imagine doing your year abroad when all the things I've just mentioned are not an option - because they haven't been invented yet...

  • Zara Alnaimi studies French and English Literature at the University of Reading. She's spending her year abroad as a Language Assistant (primary) with the British Council in Angoulême, France. In this post, she tells us about her first day as a language assistant in a French school! For updates on Zara's time in France, check out her blog or follow her on Twitter.

  • The Mole Diaries: Bergamo

    Thursday, 30 October 2014

    Lora Jury is a 4th-year English Literature and Italian student at the University of Reading. Originally from Wales, she took up Italian in first year, with no prior knowledge or formal language qualifications. After a life-changing conversation with a 4th-year, she ended up in Bergamo for her year abroad. Here is her insider guide to the beautiful Italian city. 

  • The World's Best Bookshops!

    Thursday, 02 October 2014

    In case you weren't aware, October of this year is National Book Month! We thought we'd mark the occasion by doing a few book-related articles throughout the month, starting with this list of 15 beautiful bookshops from around the globe...

  • 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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