Mary Ann is doing an MA in Spanish at the University of Glasgow and spent her year abroad as a Language Assistant in Baeza, in Andalucía, Spain. Here is her insider guide to living in a small town on your year abroad, being a Language Assistant and adjusting to life in Baeza.
Hallo! I’m Jordaine Hulse, a Bangor University student of French, German and Spanish. At the moment I am on the second half of my year abroad placement in Heidelberg, Germany. I chose to study at Heidelberg as it was going to be my first ever visit to Germany and I did a great deal of research on the possible university placements that we were given before I made my choice, I decided that I really wanted to discover Heidelberg as the university had such a great reputation (which can only do wonders for your CV right?) and of course who could ignore the beautiful location!
Charlotte is a final year English and American Studies student at the University of Leicester and spent her year abroad (2010-2011) at the University of Salzburg in Austria. Here are her top five recommendations for places to eat in Salzburg, whatever your budget.
Lucy is studying BA French Studies and Spanish Studies at Lancaster University and is on her year abroad at La Faculté de traduction et d'interprétation (FTI) of Geneva University, Switzerland, having already spent a semester at the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, Spain. Here she passes on her top tips about student life in Geneva; finding somewhere to live, things to do and see in Geneva and the translation school.
The festival of lights is an annual occurrence in Lyon to give thanks to Mary (or Marie in French). As the town was struck by the plague in 1643, people prayed to Mary and promised that if she would spare the town they would pay tribute to her. Therefore ever since they have offered a tribute and led a procession up to the Basilica of Fourvière to honour the promise they made to her. Traditionally people would put out candles on their balconies or in their windows on December 8th to show their respect and gratitude. However over the years the tradition has developed into a world renowned festival celebrated over a whole four days to which thousands of people from many different countries flock to Lyon to see!
Lloyd Bingham is a Newcastle University graduate and spent his year abroad working as an English Language Assistant at a Lycée in Blagnac, near Toulouse. Here are his insider tips for accommodation, finance, admin, keeping in touch, transport, friends, shopping and sport in Toulouse, France.
Charlotte Watson is studying French and German at Bangor University. She chose to study at the Universität Passau in Germany because she wanted to be in Bavaria and located as close to Austria as possible. Here she passes on her advice about things to do, see and watch out for in Passau.
I’ve spent the past eight months in Japan studying Japanese on a scholarship from Nihon Keizai Daigaku, organised through links with my college at Oxford University. I live in Fukuoka, on the southern island of Kyushu in a dormitory provided by the university with some other people on the same scholarship. As a little disclaimer, some of what I say here may be different in more or less urban parts of Japan, but overall I hope this will give you some idea of what you are in for wherever you end up.
Nathan is studying Law with German at the University of Sheffield and is on his year abroad studying German Law at Freie Universität Berlin. Here he passes on his advice about student survival in the city: finding somewhere to live in Berlin, registering your address, setting up a bank account, thing to do during the day and at night, travel, insurance and the Berlin dialect...