Natalie Earl started learning Italian Ab Initio in her first year at Royal Holloway, University of London. She spent 8 months in France working as an English Language Assistant, before transferring to Civita Castellana, Italy, where she is currently working as an intern for Tour Operator "Stop in Italy".
Catherine is studying German and Italian at Oxford University and spent her year abroad doing internships in the German Institute in Bologna, Italy, at a newspaper in Rome and at AKQA, a digital advertising agency in Berlin. Here is her guide to finding and making the most out of an internship on your year abroad.
Gabriella Craft is doing Italian Studies at the University of Reading, and is currently on an Erasmus placement for a year at the Università degli Studi di Firenze in Florence, Italy. Here is her guide to the city at the heart of the Italian Renaissance: how to get there, money, what you'll need, where to live, the city itself, transport and travel, nightlife, food, and the top ten hidden secrets and places to go in Florence.
Liberty Simpson is studying French with profiency in Italian at Exeter University. She has just come back from 6 weeks as an au pair in Italy and is going to Montpellier for 9 months in September to undertake a work placement for her year abroad. She says, "I would like to write about being an Au pair in a remote Italian village, I found the whole 6 weeks rather challenging and there are many things that I would have done differently." Here is her advice about the challenges of being an au pair...
Becky is a third year French and Italian student at the University of St Andrews, and she is about to finish her year abroad working as a British Council Language Assistant in an Istituto Tecnico in Torre Annunziata, provincia di Napoli in Italy. Here is her insider guide to the city: what to pack, what not to miss, getting around town, top tips and useful Neapolitan words, phrases and links. Most of all, Becky restores Naples's reputation and puts it on the map as a top year abroad destination.
Hannah Smith is studying French and Italian at St Anne's College, University of Oxford, and is currently on her year abroad. She spent her first year abroad summer as an au pair in Italy, looking after two children and improving her language skills. Here is her advice based on her experience there...
If you plan on taking a year abroad and are not studying languages as part of your degree, the prospect of flying off somewhere and getting stuck into a particular education system, as well as having all your classes taught in a foreign language, might be quite scary for quite a few of you. With many UK universities and European institutions offering courses taught in English, taking a year abroad as a non-linguist might not prove to be so scary after all! Here’s our list of the top universities, across Europe, offering a wide range of courses - from Engineering to Theology, to Law and Mathematics, you’re bound to find something to suit you!