Layla Haidrani, 21, is studying History at the University of Kent, Canterbury and will be spending a semester abroad at University of Miami in the United States in Fall 2013. You can follow her on Twitter @layla_haidrani as she prepares for life across the pond.
Phoebe Rees is doing English and American studies at the University of Leicester, and is preparing to spend her year abroad at the University of Alabama in the USA's "deep south". Here's her advice based on her research, bookings and preparations for a year in Alabama.
ThirdYearAbroad.com is a mine of invaluable information and top tips. To help you stay on track, we've decided to extract the best of the best to create a master list of things you need to do/buy/prepare for/be aware of before your year abroad.