In honour of the spookiest of holidays, we've done a little research into the Halloween-themed traditions of countries around the world. Check out this handy guide and impress your neighbours by ditching the usual trick-or-treating in favour of something with a little more local colour!
Emma Francombe studied English and Spanish at Durham University and spent her year abroad working as a teaching assistant in Madrid, where she lived with a 'remarkable but terrifying' flatmate. Here, she tells us about her return to Spain for said flatmate's wedding and gives us an insight into what to expect from this most personal of traditions.
Elen Roberts has spent the past two years working in Germany, where she started taking Russian lessons in her spare time. In summer 2013, she did an intensive Russian course at Kiev’s Nova Mova International Language School and this summer she visited Moscow and St Petersburg.
Sophia Smith-Galer studies Spanish and Arabic at Durham University and is currently doing an internship in Granada, Spain, for a company that runs cultural tours of the city and organises Erasmus+ placements for European students. In October, she will head to Beirut to study at the Institut Francais du Proche Orient. To read more about Sophia's year adventures abroad, visit her blog or follow her on Twitter. Here she tells us about her first steps into the world of flamenco...
Here at ThirdYearAbroad.com, we’re pretty passionate about the benefits of learning languages. More than that, we want EVERYONE to share that passion, so much so that we’re always trying to think up new ways to promote the study of languages and to show kids just how much knowing another language can positively affect your future.
So, when we heard about Routes into Languages’ award-winning ‘Adopt a Class’ scheme, we had to share!
Annie Warren studies French and Italian at University College London. She is spending her year abroad studying at Paul Valéry in Montpellier and Roma III in Rome. To read more about what Annie is up to this year, check out her blog!
Katarina Bickley studies French at the University of Birmingham. She is currently spending her year abroad in Paris, working for the website Showroom Privé.
Mike Glover-Smith studies French and Spanish at the University of St Andrews. He is spending his third year abroad in Santiago, working as a language assistant. To read more about Mike's adventures, check out his blog!
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.
Elis is studying European Studies and Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham and spent a year as an Erasmus student at the University of Bologna in Italy. Here is her guide to coping with a long-distance break up and getting past the heartbreak to make the most of your year abroad.