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 is spending the first term of her year abroad studying at the University of Bologna in Forlì, Italy, and the second studying at the University of Geneva. Here are some very British problems she's encountered while she's been away...
Study Abroad Coordinators are a long-suffering bunch. Each year they deal with a mountain of admin, dramatic long-distance phone calls and hilarious 'lost in translation' moments. We travel around to lots of universities each year, and thought it was only fair to share some of the very funny anonymous anecdotes and cautionary tales we've heard from the depths of universities' International Offices... (this list is updated when new submissions are received).
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...
Cerys studied German and Russian at the University of Nottingham and did a British Council Assistantship in a small specialist school in Baden-Württemburg, Germany, as well as 2 placements in Russia at a summer camp and a language school. She says, "I really struggled in Germany with loneliness so I thought about what would have been helpful to know while preparing."
Kia Marie Hunt is doing a degree in Hispanic Studies at University of Birmingham, and is spending her third year abroad at Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay. To keep up with her adventures, check out her blog, and here is her article about flying and airports, which she wrote to bring a little bit of fun and positivity to a topic that people usually just get stressed out about.
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.