City University London student Craig Debrah is spending his year abroad studying Law at Université Toulouse 1 Capitole in Toulouse, France. This is his list of the 7 things he wished that he'd known before he left for Gallic shores! For more on Craig's time abroad, check out his blog or follow him on Twitter.
Considering how fantastic the year abroad is, not only as a life experience, but also as a CV-booster, it's quite incredible how many people hide it away at the bottom of page 2 when applying for jobs. We've put together this guide to help you to incorporate your international experience into your CV, without breaking a sweat. Now go forth and conquer the world!
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.
British Council Study Work Create have a whole range of fantastic opportunities for undergraduates, post-graduates and graduates but sometimes it can be a little confusing to work out which one is right for you. That's why we've created this handy breakdown to help you to take advantage of all the programmes on offer - without any of the stress! (Scroll right for availability and deadlines!)
We had so many fantastic entries for our 'How would you sum up your year abroad?' competition, that we've decided to display the very best ones on the site! We think these photos, videos and blogs perfectly represent the fantastic opportunity that is studying or working abroad and demonstrate just how wide a range of experiences are available to year abroaders! Enjoy.
*The above photo is by Aidoia Puig-Delfin. Aidoia studies Spanish and Media Communications at Newcastle University and spent her year abroad in Barcelona. The photo is of the view of the city from El Tibidado, a theme park in the mountains.
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.