Sophie Duncan studied French and Italian at the University of Exeter and spent her year abroad in Emilia Romagna, Italy. After graduating this year, she moved to Paris and began an internship with a digital media company. You can read more about Sophie's adventures in Paris on her blog. In this piece, she summarises the results of the European Commission's recent study on the impact of doing an Erasmus year (spoiler: it's positive!) and gives her own insight into the benefits of a year abroad.
Christina Vieira-Barry is studying French with English at King’s College London. She spent her year abroad (2013-2014) as an Erasmus student at Aix-Marseille University in Aix-en-Provence, using sketching and photography to document her time there. Here she talks us through five of her favourite year abroad images...
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.
Harriet Barter studies Spanish and Italian at the University of Exeter and is currently on a year abroad in Italy. Here she discusses the challenges of balancing two languages (at two levels) on a year abroad. For more of Harriet's adventures, check out her blog.
Julie Goffredo is studying German and Italian with European studies at the University of Bath. She is currently doing a placement in Italy, near Milan (Monza) and will then go to Vienna to work for the British Council as a language assistant. She has been blogging about her adventures, but here she tells us her tips for adapting to Italian life...
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.