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The Official pre-Year Abroad Guide 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.

>>Download our Ultimate Pre-Departure Guide PDF<<

Checklists and Packing

  1. The Definitive Year Abroad Checklist.
  2. Books you should take with you 
  3. Apps to download
  4. Your packing list
  5. Last minute supplies
  6. 5 top tips to fit your life into your tiny suitcase 

Boring, yes, but SUPER important!

  1. Year abroad insurance - before it's too late!
  2. Going to Europe? Get your free EHIC Card!
  3. What you will need in your wallet 
  4. Send My Bag! Ship your stuff (and get 10% off!)
  5. Funding opportunities: awards, scholarships and grants
  6. Currency cards: possibly the best way to manage your money abroad
  7. Keeping career-focused on your year abroad

Making the Most of Your Summer Holidays

  1. Summer internships abroad
  2. School's out for summer! 
  3. Create your CV in a foreign language
  4. Your year abroad is 18 months, not 9!

The Wandering Student

  1. The very best student travel advice
  2. Follow that festival - worldwide
  3. Do you need a visa?
  4. The adrenaline junkie's year abroad
  5. Travel on limited funds

Staying on the Safe Side

  1. Panic button: What to do in an emergency abroad
  2. Understanding year abroad insurance
  3. The essential medical kit 
  4. Potential catastrophes and how to cope

Your need-to-know for Working Abroad

  1. What it's like to do a work placement abroad
  2. Tips for future language assistants
  3. Choosing between studying and working abroad
  4. The ups and downs of interning abroad

Get Studying

1. Survival tips for Erasmus students

2. Studying abroad as an independent student

3. Academic grade comparison in Europe

Beyond-Useful Resources

  1. Top free online resources for year abroad students
  2. How Twitter can help year abroaders (and uni staff!)
  3. The best apps for year abroad students 
  4. Current year abroad preparatory case studies
  5. Been there, done that! Last year's students' advice
  6. Top of the Blogs 2013-14: find out how others are getting on

And last but not least...

  1. 8 ways to document your year abroad (and make everyone else jealous!)
  2. Keeping in touch with friends and family
  3. Winning year abroad advice 
  4. The final countdown
  5. The beginning of your year abroad
  6. 10 tried-and-tested ways to make the most of your year abroad 
  7. Weird and wonderful ways to record your time abroad

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