Louise Wiseman is 21 and studying French and Italian at the University of Kent. She has spent five months in Montréal at the Université de Montréal and will be spending five months in Italy at Università di Parma from February. She fell in love with Montréal and Canada almost immediately after arriving for the first time in August, and is planning to move back once she graduates. Here she passes on her top tips to students studying either French or English and thinking of living in Montréal on their year abroad.
Mari Eccles is studying French and Italian at the University of Warwick and spent her year abroad as an Erasmus student at l'Università di Torino in Turin. She says "I liked the fact that I could study a real range of subjects but as there were so many students in each lecture, it was a lot harder to participate. For this reason, although studying helped with Italian comprehension, it wasn't so good for my spoken Italian, and so to improve that I would definitely recommend taking up an evening class or doing some volunteering to practise speaking." Here she passes on her top tips for student survival in Turin.
Charlotte Watson is studying French and German at Bangor University and is currently nearing the end of her placement in Toulouse, France, before moving onto Passau in Germany next semester. She is an Erasmus student at Université Toulouse II-Le Mirail, and chose Toulouse because she’d always wanted to see the South of France for herself, having heard such wonderful things about the weather, food and general way of life there. Here she passes on her top tips and advice for other students thinking of living there during their degree.
Kian McCarthy was at Bath University and spent his year abroad in Rome, Italy. Here is his definitive guide to your plan of action when you arrive in Rome for your year abroad; accommodation tips, surviving La Sapienza University and other inimitable advice straight from a student who's been through it all himself.
Christopher Hall is 21 and studies French & Linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London. This year he is spending seven months of his year abroad working as an English Language Assistant in two high schools in Loos, in the outskirts of Lille, France. He chose Lille as it provides an urban environment with excellent amenities yet without the expense of living in a capital city, and has speedy transport connections to the UK and many cities throughout continental Europe. Here he passes on his advice about accommodation, getting around town, student discounts, shopping, eating out and the nightlife in Lille.
Liam Evans is at Bangor University studying LLB Law with German, and is currently on an Erasmus exchange at Johannes Gutenburg Universitaet in Mainz, Germany, where he is studying Law. Here he passes on his top tips for living and studying in Mainz.
Rachel is studying Italian and Spanish at Exeter University and spent her year abroad living in Pisa, Italy, and commuting by train to Viareggio where she was a British Council Language Assistant in a Liceo Scientifico. She says, "I did beginners Italian so I struggled at the beginning but I decided to stay over the summer (up until the start of 4th year this September) after my contract finished with the British Council in May because I loved it so much,and ended up being there for 12 months! I worked in a restaurant in Pisa over the summer for an Italian family and continued teaching English privately."
Hayley French is studying Spanish, French and Italian triple major at Bangor University in Wales. She took the opportunity to spend a semester in each of the countries and is just coming to the end of her second placement in Toulouse. She chose Toulouse as she is a big fan of the weather in the south of France and is especially interested in the southern culture. Here she passes on her Top Ten Tips for your placement in Toulouse...
Jordaine Hulse is studying French and German with Spanish at Bangor University in Wales, and is currently on her year abroad in Lyon, France. She says she chose Lyon for two reasons: "I thought that going to a big city like Lyon would really give me the full experience of independence on my year abroad, and also Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France – and I love my food... so I felt that we would be a perfect match!