We have some exciting news to share with you all!
Don't want to study on your year abroad? Interested in gaining first-hand experience of the working world, boosting your CV and improving your language skills in a practical setting? An Erasmus+ Work Placement might be the option for you!
We in the UK are notorious for being *slightly* bad at languages. As a nation, we have a tendency half-heartedly to ask for a plate of ‘frites’ before throwing around the phrase that is the bane of every linguist’s existence: “It’s ok, everyone speaks English anyway”. Luckily for future generations, however, there is a driven team of politicians and professionals working to help young people to buck the trend.
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.
Sophie Duncan studied French and Italian at the University of Exeter and spent her year abroad in Emilia Romagna, Italy. After graduating this year, she moved to Paris and began an internship with a digital media company. You can read more about Sophie's adventures in Paris on her blog. In this piece, she summarises the results of the European Commission's recent study on the impact of doing an Erasmus year (spoiler: it's positive!) and gives her own insight into the benefits of a year abroad.
There is a popular misconception that doing a year (or even a semester) abroad is prohibitively expensive, but at Third Year Abroad, we believe that everyone should be able to benefit from a year abroad, no matter what their financial background.
Are you stuck for ideas for your year abroad? Interested in finding an Erasmus work placement, but no idea where to begin? Do you have an enthusiastic interest in global markets and a great idea for a business, but lack the experience to turn it into a reality? If this is all sounding familiar, it might be that the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme is the perfect opportunity for you! Read on to discover more about the programme and how to apply!
Laura Macfarlane is currently studying French and Spanish at University of Stirling and spent a semester in Aix-en-Provence on an Erasmus exchange, which she wrote about on her blog. Here she talks us through the four stages of pre-departure and how she turned her fear into excitement.