Miranda Clark is studying French and Spanish with a Portuguese module at Edinburgh University, and has spent her year abroad studying at Rennes Sciences Po for a semester, followed by a language course in Lisbon for one month, and is now working as a British Council English Language Assistant in Argentina. Here are Miranda's top tips for living in France on your year abroad.
Emma Dukes, 21, is studying History and American & Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham, and has spent her year abroad (2011/12) at the University of Ottawa in Canada. You can follow her on Twitter @emma_dukes, and here is her survival guide to making the most of your year abroad in Ottawa.
Claire is studying French, Italian and Spanish at Aberystwyth University and is coming to the end of her year abroad having worked in France for 6 months and studied in Padua as an Erasmus student. Here she passes on her top tips for surviving in the Italian city: how to get there, where to live, what to pack, things to do, places to see and what to expect in Padua/Padova.
The festival of lights is an annual occurrence in Lyon to give thanks to Mary (or Marie in French). As the town was struck by the plague in 1643, people prayed to Mary and promised that if she would spare the town they would pay tribute to her. Therefore ever since they have offered a tribute and led a procession up to the Basilica of Fourvière to honour the promise they made to her. Traditionally people would put out candles on their balconies or in their windows on December 8th to show their respect and gratitude. However over the years the tradition has developed into a world renowned festival celebrated over a whole four days to which thousands of people from many different countries flock to Lyon to see!
Lloyd Bingham is a Newcastle University graduate and spent his year abroad working as an English Language Assistant at a Lycée in Blagnac, near Toulouse. Here are his insider tips for accommodation, finance, admin, keeping in touch, transport, friends, shopping and sport in Toulouse, France.
Lloyd Bingham spent his year abroad as an English Language Assistant in Toulouse, France, and blogged about the experience in eight parts on his website. Here is a summary of his adventures, but click on the links to read the whole posts and discover more about what he got up to...
Christopher Cooper is a student at Exeter University spending his year abroad as an Erasmus student at Vienna University and is "gearing up for a lifetime of touring, teaching and translation." Here is his guide to what you should do before you leave and when you arrive in Vienna.
Mary Ann is doing an MA in Spanish at the University of Glasgow and spent her year abroad as a Language Assistant in Baeza, in Andalucía, Spain. Here is her insider guide to living in a small town on your year abroad, being a Language Assistant and adjusting to life in Baeza.
Hallo! I’m Jordaine Hulse, a Bangor University student of French, German and Spanish. At the moment I am on the second half of my year abroad placement in Heidelberg, Germany. I chose to study at Heidelberg as it was going to be my first ever visit to Germany and I did a great deal of research on the possible university placements that we were given before I made my choice, I decided that I really wanted to discover Heidelberg as the university had such a great reputation (which can only do wonders for your CV right?) and of course who could ignore the beautiful location!