Esther is 22 years old, and is studying Politics and International Relations with French at the University of Kent. She spent her year abroad studying in Lille, France, from September 2012 to June this year. Here are her experiences of the four stages of a year abroad.
Sophia is studying English Literature and Spanish at Exeter University and is spending her year abroad at the Universidad de Alcalá, 35km north east of Madrid. Here is her advice about the wonders of Googling potential flatmates...
I started writing my blog about the application process last year, because I actually couldn’t find anything on the internet about it, and found the whole thing a tad confusing – like handing in my original application form in December, and only finding out the comunidad autonoma (i.e. Extremadura, Galicia – sort of the equivalent to counties to you and I) in May, when everyone else who had applied to Uni had found out months ago; oh the injustice.
As a Language Assistant there is no guarantee of being placed in a city even if it was your first choice. Living in a small town could however be one of the best parts of your year abroad experience... I received my arrêté de nomination in early June and excitedly googled the name of my future hometown - Lunéville, Nancy-Metz region. So I found out that Lunéville has a population of 20,000 - just a little bit less than Nancy’s 105,000, the city I had hoped for. But over the course of the 7 months I really did grow to love living in a small town along with its (sometimes bizarre) idiosyncrasies.
Rosie is doing her whole degree in France, so she has a unique insight into the differences between French and English approaches to university life. Here's her advice for students preparing for the culture shock of studying abroad in France...
A week today, I will be back at home after 14 heady months abroad in Spain, then France, then Spain again. Here is a collection of advice that I have picked up along the way, some of it from others, some from those clichéd guides (much like this one) and some I've learnt in my own sweet time.
Sometimes (only very occasionally, I might add) we need to be reminded why we do what we do. We are so lucky to have a vibrant following on our social media platforms, and over the last few years we have been 'favouriting' the best Tweets we come across. We're always dazzled by the enthusiasm, get-up-and-go, dedication and resilience of year abroaders - it's totally inspiring.
I hope that looking through our Twitter Favourites below will give you the confidence, inspiration or motivation you need to push you to do a year abroad, or to make better use of your time if you're already there. It certainly keeps us going.
Thanks guys, and keep 'em coming!
For my year abroad, I secured a work placement in a school where I translated, taught, and did a lot of admin. French admin is very much like English admin, except there’s a whole lot more of it. However, as my time here draws to a close, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learnt that I wish I’d known before I left.
Caitlin is studying Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, and is spending her year abroad studying at Sciences Po in Paris. She's blogging about her adventures and you can follow her on Twitter @webb01252. Here are ten things about surviving in Paris that Caitlin wishes she had been told before her year abroad...
Emma is a French and Hispanic Studies student at the University of Sheffield, and is spending the first half of her year abroad working in Lyon, and the second half studying in Valencia. Here is her advice for students who started learning a language at university (ab initio) and are using that language to study abroad.