Elizabeth is doing IPML French and Spanish at the University of Manchester, and spent her year abroad as an English Language Assistant at a school in Perpignan, followed by a French language course in Antibes, and finally a Spanish language, culture and economy course at the University of Salamanca. She has been blogging about all of her experiences. While many students drink to join in and meet new people while they're abroad, Elizabeth found fun ways to achieve this alcohol-free. Here's her experience.
Victoria is 28 and is a recipient of a 2016 British Council Generation UK Study China scholarship. She is studying Chinese at Qingdao University for a semester after graduating in Modern Chinese Studies in 2014 at the University of Leeds.
Emily is studying Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting at Swansea University, and is spending the first term of her year abroad studying at the University of Bologna in Forlì, and the second studying at the University of Geneva where she did an extracurricular creative writing class. Here's how she found it, the benefits, and her advice about the other extracurricular classes you can do in Geneva.
Kia Marie Hunt is doing a degree in Hispanic Studies at University of Birmingham, and is spending her third year abroad at Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay. To keep up with her adventures, check out her blog, and here is her article about flying and airports, which she wrote to bring a little bit of fun and positivity to a topic that people usually just get stressed out about.
Eleanor is studying for a BA in Law with French and French Law at the University of Nottingham. She has just returned from her Erasmus year studying Law in French at the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, where she wrote a brilliant blog. Here is her advice about finding student accommodation in Toulouse.
Sarah is studying History and Political Science at the University of Birmingham, and spent her year abroad studying at the National University of Singapore. Alexia is studying English and German at Cardiff University and spent a year living in Berlin, and has just moved back there following the end of her exams! Here, they compare their experiences in Singapore and Hong Kong, in terms of visas, vaccinations, language, climate, sites food, nightlife and drinking. All of the most important things! Which destination would you choose for your year abroad?
Emily is studying Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting at Swansea University, and is spending the first term of her year abroad studying at the University of Bologna in Forlì, Italy, and the second studying at the University of Geneva. Here are some very British problems she's encountered while she's been away...
Study Abroad Coordinators are a long-suffering bunch. Each year they deal with a mountain of admin, dramatic long-distance phone calls and hilarious 'lost in translation' moments. We travel around to lots of universities each year, and thought it was only fair to share some of the very funny anonymous anecdotes and cautionary tales we've heard from the depths of universities' International Offices... (this list is updated when new submissions are received).
Obviously, a huge part of deciding to take the plunge and spend your third year abroad is choosing where exactly you’d like to go. After all, this isn’t just opting for a holiday destination – this is where you’ll be travelling, studying, making friends and living for a substantial amount of time. Wherever you go is going to become your second home, and it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. Tessa is in her second year studying History at the University of Exeter, and has a confirmed place to study at the University of Ottawa in Canada this September. Here is her advice to help you research where to go.