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  • Disabled travelers need to do some planning before they go on a trip and pack accordingly. It is wise to write down a checklist before you leave, so as to make sure you have it all covered. Search for travel providers who can accommodate your specific needs and make sure you contact various airlines to see what sort of care and help they have on offer. 
  • W is for...What is culture shock?

    Tuesday, 28 December 2010
    Culture shock affects people in all sorts of situations. However, it is deeply felt by students on the year abroad - whether it’s adjusting at the very start to your new surroundings, getting to know the locals, coming back home to notice things aren’t quite the same as when you left them, going back out there, still struggling with the language more than 3 months in...Though you can find articles on culture shock to do with specific countries, here are some tell-tell signs and general advice on how to cope.
    Published in Year Abroad Blues
  • With so many students deciding to study abroad, either within Europe or further afield, being an undergrad in the UK is sometimes not enough - foreign universities want good grades, good personalities and good personal statements. How does one go about penning their thoughts and ideas about the upcoming year abroad, to make it as enticing as possible for universities abroad? 
  • We've put together a list of the absolute best free websites to help you improve all aspects of your language skills, keep in touch with home, store and organise your photographs, get quick online definitions and translations and get your year abroad questions answered.

    Whether you’re more of a writer, a photographer, a language-learner (or all three!) check out these fantastic websites to help you make the most of your year abroad...

  • Prepping up just before an exam with the right foods and the right stuff to drink is really important. Not only does it help you time out from hard-core revision, it can also help you absorb facts in a more productive manner. Here’s our list of the top exam foods you should have in your store cupboard:
    Published in Study Tips
  • Studying Abroad with a disability

    Thursday, 30 December 2010
    Studying abroad with a disability is more common than you would think and many people take the plunge to move their studies abroad, and feel better for it. In fact, 10 out of 10 students who went abroad with a disability said they’d recommend others to do the same, according to our survey. Starting your research early and finding out about the universities and the help on offer is the first place to start in your search for your year or semester abroad. Speaking to your home university’s International Office is top of your list. 
  • Georgia Mallin, a Year Abroad Graduate, gives out some great advice about what to do if your year abroad isn't what you'd wished for, speaking of her own personal experience, and what she did to change it, when she was already abroad...
    Published in When You Arrive
  • Writing a personal statement can be time-consuming, frustrating and slightly overwhelming for students across the UK. In so many words, you’re expected to tell the university why they should pick you personally for your chosen course, and at that said university. Thus, you need to prepare and make sure you write towards these specific goals, whilst also being true to yourself, and your interests. Here are a few pointers as to how to go about writing a personal statement:

  • As final coursework deadlines approach for the end of term, most of you will be thinking of kicking back, relaxing in front of the box munching on a mince pie, or catching up with some friends from back home with some mulled wine for company... Not that there’s anything wrong with any of these options, but what you could do, to really make the most of the holidays, would be to organise some of these activities:
    Published in University Holidays
  • Travelling around South East Asia gave me the chance to see some of the finest beaches, I quickly noticed that although I got a good deal on my flight and accommodation (£500 all inclusive), I was not getting the most out of my money in terms of pricing for foreigners. Bartering was a sport I hadn’t really got to grips with, in the UK. Sure, I’d been travelling to Africa and the States in the past, but here, it was a different story. At first, unaware of the real cost of things, I gladly coughed up the few đồngs, thinking I was onto a bargain.
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