The majority of year abroad students will spend a birthday abroad and, because most students go abroad during their third year, this birthday is usually a big one: the 21st. We chatted to students on Twitter to find out how you get past the homesickness to make your birthday as memorable as possible!
Claire Ward from Durham University (Combined Honours French and Music) is currently studying Music in Toulouse, as an Erasmus+ student at the university and as an independent student of Singing at the Conservatoire. This is her take on 'fitting in' during your year abroad...
Camilla Gash is studying French at the University of Bristol and is spending her year abroad working at a business school in Paris. She writes about her adventures overseas on her blog. From awkward language mistakes to missing your favourite foods (and finding some new ones), here are 15 things that will definitely happen on your year abroad!
Katie Gough studies German and Linguistics at Lancaster University and is spending her year abroad studying at Karl Franzens Universität Graz, Austria. Here are some of the things she's picked up about hostels from travelling on a budget...
Rosemary is a third year French student from the University of Leeds. She is currently working as a Language Assistant in Colmar, France. Interested in reading more about her year abroad? Check out her blog!
Hannah Qurashi studies Spanish and Linguistics at the University of York. She is on a Year Abroad in Santiago, Chile as an English Language Assistant with the British Council. Here are her tips to help ease you into Chilean culture!
Becky Love is a French and Spanish student from the University of Surrey. She is currently on the second half of her year abroad in Madrid working as analyst for a country branding company, having previously worked in Paris for six months as a translator for an online tourism company. This is her account of why the year abroad doesn't have to mean the end for your relationship - in fact, it can sometimes mean just the opposite! Read the original version of this article and more on Becky's blog.
Jess is studying French and German at Oxford. She is spending most of her year studying in Germany (in Trier), but last summer did an internship in France (at the Chateau de Montaigne) and is currently doing another two month internship over the Easter Vacation. Here's her advice on learning to enjoy all that quality me time!
Rosemary Maher studies French at the University of Leeds and is spending her year abroad as a language assistant at Lycée Blaise Pascal in Colmar, France. Here are her tips for surviving the year abroad when you're in a long-distance relationship. For more advice, have a read of her blog.
Harriet Barter studies Spanish and Italian at the University of Exeter and is spending her year abroad doing a work and a study placement in Italy. Here she tells us the 8 stages of coming to terms with having to leave your year abroad location, just as you get settled! Read this post and more on Harriet's blog.