Alex is studying at French and Spanish at Glasgow University, and spent her year abroad as a Language Assistant in Laval, France. She is now doing a second placement as an Erasmus+ Trainee in Valencia. Here's how her experiences of living in France led her to approach her second period of time abroad differently.
Matthew is studying French and European Studies at Nottingham Trent University, and has applied for a year abroad. Here he shares some tips on research, paperwork, and how to prepare for his upcoming year abroad adventure...
Emily Turner, a third year Geography student at Newcastle University, spent three months last summer travelling solo around Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. To coincide with International Women’s Day she speaks to Lexie Hall, a fellow Geography student, about her experiences as a solo female traveller, and the advice she would give to others.
Grace Marsh studies French and Linguistics at the University of York. She is currently on her year abroad working as an English Language Teaching Assistant in The Ardennes in North East France, and blogging about her experiences. Here she shares some funny anecdotes of her experience so far which she hopes future Language Assistants will find useful.
Rich Duggan, who studied for his Undergraduate degree at Newcastle University and Masters degree at Northumbria University, both in Law, is the traveller we all aspire to be – having been lucky enough to visit five continents by the time he was 11 years old! Just in time for LGBT history month, Lexie Hall, a Geography student at Newcastle University, spoke to him about his travel experiences, his experiences as an LGBT traveller, and any advice he’d offer to others in his position.
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!"
Sarah Ricketts is in her fourth year studying History and Political Science at the University of Birmingham, and spent her third year abroad (including the Christmas holidays!) studying at the National University of Singapore. Here's her advice about how to decide whether or not you should stay in your year abroad destination over Christmas this year...
En route to Australia in May last year, I took a few days to explore the iconic landmarks, experience the sights and sounds, and more importantly, to taste the exquisite foods of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!
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.
Living abroad? Feel like you should therefore be having the time of your life? But instead find yourself mentally and physically anchored to your room? (so much so you feel part of the furniture). This is quite ‘normal’, and yet we still associate not having ‘the time of your life’ abroad as ‘abnormal’ or rather; failure. What should be brought to light, is the fact that one in four UK citizens will have suffered from a mental health problem each year [Mind.org 2016]. This statistic really does bring home the phenomenal scale of just how many people are affected by mental health issues, for example, anxiety or depression. So although you may feel anxious, lonely, or depressed; you are certainly not alone.