It has now been around six months since I waved a sorrowful ‘hasta luego’ to Madrid and returned to the somewhat damper shores of England’s green and pleasant land. However, Spain very much remains close to my heart in more ways than one. Indeed, on paper my year abroad has had something of a positive effect on the old interpersonal-cum-organisational-cum-intercultural skills. In practice, though, my year abroad seems to prevent me from communicating like a regular human being.
Joe Cohen has just got back from living in Buenos Aires for the 2012/2013 academic year from Nottingham University, England. He says: "I spent the first 6 months on a pre-planned contract with a large financial services company (Deloitte) and have been asked by the ThirdYearAbroad team to write a little dossier to prepare any future Buenos Aires-goers as to the differences and challenges you’ll face in your life as a porteño – so here we go..."
Sian Green is studying Modern Languages at Durham University, and she spent 9 months in Asturias, Spain, as a British Council language assistant. Here's her review of 'Of Mice and Men' which she saw in Spain... in Spanish.
Having spent a year in Spain, there were some things about the language that caught my attention. One of the more interesting things was the fact that some brand names have replaced names for the actual products. Now then, we have this in English so it isn’t a totally new concept. We say Tippex to refer to white correction fluid, Hoover to refer to a vacuum cleaner; Post-It to refer to sticky notes – the Spanish use this last one too but pronounce it with a silent first ‘t’, like ‘Posit’.
Laura is studying Spanish and Contemporary European studies at the University of Sussex and and is spending her year abroad at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. Here is her advice about accommodation, university life, eating and drinking, and things to do as a student in Las Palmas.
Phoebe is on her year abroad in Buenos Aires working for a non-profit organisation called BAIS Argentina, the first non-governmental organisation helping to facilitate the social integration of foreign students in the city. We asked her about her experience and how year abroaders going to Argentina can get involved...
The latest update from Mish who's preparing for her year abroad as a Language Assistant in Spain. In this installment, Mish receives a letter from the Spanish Ministry of Education. Could it be the news of her year abroad destination she's been waiting for?!
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.
The dream of a Year Abroad is to improve your language skills, but is there a darker side to immersing yourself in the language in a foreign country?
Nirankar Phull is studying English and Spanish at the University of Leeds and is spending his year abroad working as a Language Assistant at a secondary school in Soria, Castilla y Leon, in Spain, where he's battling against the onset of Spanglish...