STEP 1 - Where to go?Your destination choice is likely to be based on a language you speak or a country you want to live in. Search for reviews and city profiles using our amazing map, or the menu on the left and pick two or three possible destinations to compare and contrast. It's definitely worth thinking about places a bit further afield, like South America for Spanish and Portuguese-speakers. It's also might be worth considering spending your first semester in one city and your second in another.
STEP 2 - Why?Find out what previous students thought of your shortlisted cities in our Been There, Done That! section. Don't miss our more in-depth Mole Diaries for detailed insider information.
STEP 3 - What to do?Think about what you want to do while you're out there. It's an important decision! Check out our Top 5 Reasons to work, study or volunteer abroad, and check out the relevant sections in the left menu. Really consider the advantages of working versus studying, and if you can't decide, why not do a semester of each?!
STEP 4 - ProgrammesStudying - Your university has Erasmus connections with European universities. Speak to your study abroad department to find out how many spaces are available. You might also be free to apply independently if the your destination choice isn't on their list.
Working - If you're interested in being a teaching assistant, then ask your study abroad department about the Comenius and Leonardo programmes. Use our forum to find, request or pass on jobs, internships and work experience placements.
Volunteering - This list of volunteering organisations is a good place to start your search for the perfect programme, although your eventual choice is likely to be a programme that means something to you.
STEP 5 - FundingHave a look into funding opportunities available to help you afford your year abroad. Erasmus students are immediately eligible for a grant, but here is more information for study abroad schemes and working abroad schemes. You can also get country-specific grants and you can find out more about loans available to you.
STEP 6 - Language boosterWhether you're studying the local language as part of your degree, studied it at GCSE or just speak a couple of words, you're going to need a bit of a refresher before starting classes or a job out there! It's worth considering doing extra classes abroad or even getting a job abroad during the summer holidays.
If you have any questions about the steps above (or about anything year abroad-related really...), please post them in our forum or get in touch with us directly.