Today, as you'll know from my previous entry, there was an Erasmus meeting scheduled which was designed for us to discuss finance and applying to our Universities of choice; unfortunately this didn't go to plan. Due to a clerical error, the date of the meeting (Wednesday, 26th February), was incorrect, and was actually supposed to take a place a month later.
Back when I started thinking about my year abroad, having to factor in a long distance relationship alongside all the other madness that comes with living in a foreign country was not something I anticipated, and I am 99% sure my boyfriend neither planned on, nor wanted, a girlfriend living five and a half thousand miles away. But here we are, 6 months into my year abroad, me in Mexico City and him back in England; así es la vida.
The year abroad is a weird and wonderful thing. Weird, because you don't realise how much creative control you have had over it until you're back at university sitting your finals, and wonderful too - because whether or not you've had a great time, you have DONE IT. You've lived outside your comfort zone, you've survived, and you've had one hell of an experience. Here are some Q&As to help you understand the basics.
Kate is studying Linguistics and English Language Studies and is spending her year abroad in Barcelona, Spain. Here's her advice about surviving the first month!
Like many other students in Britain (and all over the world), I'm currently in the beginning stages of organising myself to be prepared to study abroad for nine months, and with this organising comes certain concerns and stressful situations. Before going to my Erasmus finance meeting tomorrow, that will also touch on applying to the foreign University of my choice (in my case the University of Graz), I'm going to highlight some of the initial worries I've been feeling, and hopefully some people will realise that they're not alone.
Fenella is studying French and Spanish at Nottingham University, and is spending her year abroad working in Brussels for 3 months, working in Paris for another 3 months, and then heading to Santiago, Chile, to study for 6 months. She has some brilliant tried-and-tested ideas to help you beat the blues on your abroad...
Left with the dilemma of both desperately wanting summer plans as well as being very aware of the need to improve my French skills before the imminent year abroad, I hastily made a profile on Au pair world.com. Several messages and one Skype conversation later, I found myself on the plane to Paris where I was to spend an incredible five weeks as a summer jeune fille au pair.
During my undergraduate degree at King’s I not only went on a year abroad but in my final year I also decided to be a part of the Erasmus society committee. Running an Erasmus society was not only a fun way to help Erasmus students become integrated into life in England but it was also a great way to meet interesting people from all over Europe. Here are some tips I would like to offer you based on my experiences...
Spanish people swear - a LOT. I didn't know this prior to arriving, having only socialised with students and the English ones swear in normal conversation anyway (well my friends do!).