Sarah Harrison, a Modern Languages student studying German, Russian and Dutch at the University of Sheffield, is just coming to the end of her British Council placement in Innsbruck, Austria. Next semester, she'll be heading out to Saint Petersburg to continue her studies! But here, Sarah shares all the insider knowledge she's acquired over her time in Innsbruck: where to find accommodation, picking up the accent, what to pack, and how to make the most of the amazing snow...
Louise Wiseman is 21 and studying French and Italian at the University of Kent. She has spent five months in Montréal at the Université de Montréal and will be spending five months in Italy at Università di Parma from February. She fell in love with Montréal and Canada almost immediately after arriving for the first time in August, and is planning to move back once she graduates. Here she passes on her top tips to students studying either French or English and thinking of living in Montréal on their year abroad.
Mari Eccles is studying French and Italian at the University of Warwick and spent her year abroad as an Erasmus student at l'Università di Torino in Turin. She says "I liked the fact that I could study a real range of subjects but as there were so many students in each lecture, it was a lot harder to participate. For this reason, although studying helped with Italian comprehension, it wasn't so good for my spoken Italian, and so to improve that I would definitely recommend taking up an evening class or doing some volunteering to practise speaking." Here she passes on her top tips for student survival in Turin.
I arrived in Barcelona in September and having only read the Lonely Planet guidebook and taken a few notes of the odd club or restaurant to try out, I was more or less thrown in the deep end and made to learn for myself how to settle into this crazy city! To be honest, if you have been travelling before, you should cope with the pressure no problem but there are several things you ought to be made aware of if you intend on residing in Barcelona for more than a month or so.
Charlotte Watson is studying French and German at Bangor University and is currently nearing the end of her placement in Toulouse, France, before moving onto Passau in Germany next semester. She is an Erasmus student at Université Toulouse II-Le Mirail, and chose Toulouse because she’d always wanted to see the South of France for herself, having heard such wonderful things about the weather, food and general way of life there. Here she passes on her top tips and advice for other students thinking of living there during their degree.
Budgeting for a year abroad on a shoe-string is standard practice, but these tips are by no means money-saving survival tactics for those trying to live on the cheap: they are original ideas to help you spice up and make the most of your time in Madrid. They just so happen to save you some céntimos too. Enjoy!
Liam Evans is at Bangor University studying LLB Law with German, and is currently on an Erasmus exchange at Johannes Gutenburg Universitaet in Mainz, Germany, where he is studying Law. Here he passes on his top tips for living and studying in Mainz.
It has been a while since I last sent out a sign of life on here, but I have been rather busy. I spent the last month and a half wishing the NHS extended its reaches until Belgium (and well, it sort of does with its EHIC, doesn’t it?).
Rachel is studying Italian and Spanish at Exeter University and spent her year abroad living in Pisa, Italy, and commuting by train to Viareggio where she was a British Council Language Assistant in a Liceo Scientifico. She says, "I did beginners Italian so I struggled at the beginning but I decided to stay over the summer (up until the start of 4th year this September) after my contract finished with the British Council in May because I loved it so much,and ended up being there for 12 months! I worked in a restaurant in Pisa over the summer for an Italian family and continued teaching English privately."
Hayley French is studying Spanish, French and Italian triple major at Bangor University in Wales. She took the opportunity to spend a semester in each of the countries and is just coming to the end of her second placement in Toulouse. She chose Toulouse as she is a big fan of the weather in the south of France and is especially interested in the southern culture. Here she passes on her Top Ten Tips for your placement in Toulouse...