Heading out on a year abroad as a singleton? Here's why you should ditch the Erasmus lot and get mingling with the locals.
Elizabeth Gibson is a student of IPML French and Spanish at the University of Manchester and is spending her year abroad as an English Language Assistant at a Lycée in Perpignan, France. Whilst on her year abroad, she's kept two blogs, one in English and one in French, as well as sharing her experience on Twitter. Here are some of the things she's learnt.
We're always telling you that anything can happen on a year abroad, but here's definitive proof...
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.
Oscar Davies studies French and History at King's College London and has just finished his year abroad, which he spent in Paris and Quebec City for the second.
Jenny Benson is spending her year abroad as a Language Assistant in Aix en Provence. In this piece, she looks at some of the cultural differences between France and the UK - through the lens of a night out! For more of Jenny's thoughts on life in France, check out her blog.
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!