We asked you to tell us what you wish you'd been told before you left for your international placement. The answers make for essential pre-departure reading!
We asked you to tell us the most useful piece of advice you received from staff before you left to go abroad. The answers make for a brilliant compendium of pre-departure tips...
Rosemary Maher studies French at the University of Leeds and is spending her year abroad as a language assistant at Lycée Blaise Pascal in Colmar, France. Here are her tips for surviving the year abroad when you're in a long-distance relationship. For more advice, have a read of her blog.
Meeting students who have recently returned from foreign placements is a fantastic way to kickstart your year abroad research and enthusiasm - you can ask your burning questions and see their excitement (or not?) for the destination you're considering. International Office staff are on hand to explain your options, and it's also useful to hear from visiting graduate speakers and careers advisors who will help you get your head in the game. We are working with Routes into Languages to put together listings of upcoming events and activities to inform you about studying and working abroad during your degree course, but please do get in touch if you have any events to add to the list!
Marianne Thomas studies at the University of Birmingham and spent her year abroad in Lyon, France working as an English language teaching assistant.
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.
Katherine Tabor is studying French and German and the University of York and she spent her year abroad as an Erasmus student at Aix-Marseille University in Aix-en-Provence. Here are her responses to some typical pre-year abroad fears!
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.