What's the deal with this place? Do I have to register somewhere? Where should I start my quest for accommodation? Where do I find my coursebooks? What's a ticket restaurant? What sort of culture shock should I prepare for?
Get help and advice from people in the know, read through our articles and make sure you're kept up to speed on what to look out for once you're in the thick of it!
Lucy is a fourth year Spanish and History student at the University of Southampton, and here she reflects on the pressure to have 'the best year of your life' on your year abroad, how you can take charge of your time away and why, whatever happens, your experience wasn't a waste of time.
Emily is studying Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting at Swansea University, and spent the first term of her year abroad studying at the University of Bologna in Forlì, and the second at the University of Geneva. Here is an A-Z of her experience in Italy and Switzerland.
Emily Maybanks is studying Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting (French and Italian) at Swansea University, and is spending her year abroad as an Erasmus student at the University of Bologna in Forlì, Italy, and at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, where she is now. Here are Emily's 5 tips to help you cope with homesickness and the 'Year Abroad Blues'...
Emer O’Toole is studying French and Spanish at Queen’s University, Belfast, and is spending her year abroad working as a British Council Language Assistant in Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. She says, 'Here are the social media clichés that every year abroad-er will recognise from all over their timelines. See how many you’re guilty of, or how many you can check off during a standard stalking session...'
Daisy Collingwood is a third year Geography student at the University of Sheffield. Last summer she went to the Icelandic music festival Secret Solstice in Laugardalur, a district of Reykjavic in Iceland. Here's how she got on, and her top tips about money, food and drink, travel and what to pack for the next festival - bearing in mind that they've already signed up Radiohead, Jamie Jones and Deftones!
Elizabeth is doing IPML French and Spanish at the University of Manchester, and spent her year abroad as an English Language Assistant at a school in Perpignan, followed by a French language course in Antibes, and finally a Spanish language, culture and economy course at the University of Salamanca. She has been blogging about all of her experiences. While many students drink to join in and meet new people while they're abroad, Elizabeth found fun ways to achieve this alcohol-free. Here's her experience.
Louise is studying French at the University of Glasgow and is currently a British Council Language Assistant in Tarnos in the South West of France, and her boyfriend is living there with her! She says "many of our fears were completely unfounded and I would love to write a post for those considering moving to the country of their year abroad together, to dispel some fears and offer some advice for the inevitable challenges that do come up. Sometimes it can just be reassuring to know someone has done it too!"
Katie De Salis is studying Film Studies and French at Exeter University, and is spending her year abroad working as a British Council Language Assistant in the Vaucluse region of France, living in Avignon. She has appeared on the news during her stay there! Here are her favourite year abroad apps...
Amber McIntyre is studying English with French at Queen’s University Belfast, and is currently on her year abroad working as a Language Assistant in a lycée in Compiègne, France, 515 miles away from her boyfriend back in the UK. She is blogging about her year abroad experiences, but has also written this fantastic article for us, giving five tried-and-tested reasons why you should definitely go on your year abroad despite being in a relationship.
Holly Walton is studying French and Spanish at the University of Exeter, and is on her year abroad as a British Council Language Assistant in a small town in the Spanish Pyrenees called Barbastro. She says, "Something that I wasn't expecting to struggle with this year was celebrating my birthday out here, but I did, so I've written this so that if other people are feeling the same they know that they're not the only ones, and hopefully they can take something from it!"