Jo Kenworthy is studying French and Spanish at the University of Surrey and is coming to the end of her year abroad where she spent six months in Paris and five months in Madrid. In Paris she worked for a company called RTE, and in Madrid she worked for for the editorial group Macmillan, and she has been blogging about her experiences. Here are her thoughts about the less discussed aspects of the year abroad in terms of setting yourself some realistic expectations...
Jessi Wells studied French and History at the University of Oxford and spent her year abroad working as a Language Assistant at the Lyceé Edouard Branly in Dreux, France. Here's an interview with her mother about her perspective of Jessi's year abroad: driving her to France with all her stuff, how her daughter changed during the experience and her advice for other parents.
Matthew is studying French and European Studies at Nottingham Trent University, and is just starting his year abroad studying at the Université de Franche-Comté in Besançon. Before he left he completed a survey about areas of his personality, which he will complete again on his return after his year abroad to see the difference it had made. Here's how it works and how it can help.
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.
Lucy studies Law with Politics at the University of Sussex and has recently returned from a year abroad in Grenoble, France, where she was studying for a Certificate in French Law. Her course was taught in English, which made it hard to immerse herself in the language, so here's her advice about how to improve your foreign language skills abroad despite all the English you hear every day.
Jack Graham is studying French and Chinese at the University of Hull and is spent the summer before his year abroad working in Strasbourg as a Stagiaire at a hostel before moving to Shanghai to study Chinese at East China Normal University. Here's his advice about applying for a visa while you're already abroad.
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).