James Bradstock is studying Russian at the University of Bristol. He's spending his year abroad in St Petersburg, combining work and study at Liden & Denz Language Centre. In this article, he discusses the pros and cons of working vs. studying on a year abroad - especially one in Russia!
George Ward spent nearly four months on exchange in Toronto, Canada in 2012. While reminiscing about his time abroad he has produced some tips, partially adapted from his blog, in a ‘during and after’ format for those who are missing studying abroad or are currently not enjoying their foreign adventure as much as they thought they would.
Bonjour! I’m Beth, and I’m studying French and Spanish at the University of Southampton. I spent my year abroad studying at l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest (la Catho) in Angers, France. Seeing as nobody seems to have heard of Angers, I should tell you that it’s a city in the Loire Valley, not too far from Nantes. So, for those of you who are unsure what exactly to expect from the whole experience, I’m here to give you an insight into a typical week’s activities.
There is a popular misconception that doing a year (or even a semester) abroad is prohibitively expensive, but at Third Year Abroad, we believe that everyone should be able to benefit from a year abroad, no matter what their financial background.
Meeting students who have recently returned from foreign placements is a fantastic way to kickstart your year abroad research and enthusiasm - you can ask your burning questions and see their excitement (or not?) for the destination you're considering. International Office staff are on hand to explain your options, and it's also useful to hear from visiting graduate speakers and careers advisors who will help you get your head in the game. We are working with Routes into Languages to put together listings of upcoming events and activities to inform you about studying and working abroad during your degree course, but please do get in touch if you have any events to add to the list!
Craig Debrah is a student at City University London, currently studying law on an Erasmus year at Université Toulouse 1 Capitole in Toulouse, France. In this post, he tells us about his *chaotic* first day of his year abroad! For updates on Craig's adventures in Toulouse, check out his blog or follow him on Twitter.
Kristen Gartside is a MSc student at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation topic was the Epistemological Development of Study Abroad Students - finding out whether or not the year abroad truly benefits students. Here, she summarises her findings for Third Year Abroad.
Alex is a third year student at the University of Bristol, reading Russian and Portuguese. He spent 5 months in Tomsk, Russia, before making a big switch to Rio de Janeiro for 5 months and the World Cup. You can read what Alex has been up to this year and follow him on Twitter at @alexmarrow57. Here is his insider advice about studying, what to wear, getting around town, going out, the best food and adventures in Tomsk...