Christopher Murray is studying French and German at Queen's University Belfast and is on his year abroad in Tours, France, for nine months. He says, "the vast majority of language students at my university spend the year as assistants, but I was more interested in the Erasmus experience so one of my lecturers set up a new exchange with Université François-Rabelais." Here he passes on his top survival tips.
Sally is studying French and Spanish at the University of Edinburgh, and has just come to the end of her first semester in Grenoble, where she was studying a range of subjects from politics to symbolism, at Université Stendhal 3. Although Grenoble was initially her 5th choice, she's been totally won over by this exciting city, and now wouldn't have wanted to go anywhere else! Here, she reveals why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, and why Grenoble really is the perfect city for a year abroader...
Budgeting for a year abroad on a shoe-string is standard practice, but these tips are by no means money-saving survival tactics for those trying to live on the cheap: they are original ideas to help you spice up and make the most of your time in Madrid. They just so happen to save you some céntimos too. Enjoy!
Liam Evans is at Bangor University studying LLB Law with German, and is currently on an Erasmus exchange at Johannes Gutenburg Universitaet in Mainz, Germany, where he is studying Law. Here he passes on his top tips for living and studying in Mainz.
It has been a while since I last sent out a sign of life on here, but I have been rather busy. I spent the last month and a half wishing the NHS extended its reaches until Belgium (and well, it sort of does with its EHIC, doesn’t it?).
Rutasha is studying Law with Spanish at Nottingham Trent University and is currently on her third year abroad at the University of Salamanca. She is studying Law and Political Science there and will be teaching English part time from next semester. Here she passes on her top tips about life in Salamanca; finding accommodation, getting over the culture shock
Sarah Harrison, a Modern Languages student studying German, Russian and Dutch at the University of Sheffield, is just coming to the end of her British Council placement in Innsbruck, Austria. Next semester, she'll be heading out to Saint Petersburg to continue her studies! But here, Sarah shares all the insider knowledge she's acquired over her time in Innsbruck: where to find accommodation, picking up the accent, what to pack, and how to make the most of the amazing snow...
Louise Wiseman is 21 and studying French and Italian at the University of Kent. She has spent five months in Montréal at the Université de Montréal and will be spending five months in Italy at Università di Parma from February. She fell in love with Montréal and Canada almost immediately after arriving for the first time in August, and is planning to move back once she graduates. Here she passes on her top tips to students studying either French or English and thinking of living in Montréal on their year abroad.
Mari Eccles is studying French and Italian at the University of Warwick and spent her year abroad as an Erasmus student at l'Università di Torino in Turin. She says "I liked the fact that I could study a real range of subjects but as there were so many students in each lecture, it was a lot harder to participate. For this reason, although studying helped with Italian comprehension, it wasn't so good for my spoken Italian, and so to improve that I would definitely recommend taking up an evening class or doing some volunteering to practise speaking." Here she passes on her top tips for student survival in Turin.
I arrived in Barcelona in September and having only read the Lonely Planet guidebook and taken a few notes of the odd club or restaurant to try out, I was more or less thrown in the deep end and made to learn for myself how to settle into this crazy city! To be honest, if you have been travelling before, you should cope with the pressure no problem but there are several things you ought to be made aware of if you intend on residing in Barcelona for more than a month or so.