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Get help and advice from people in the know, read through our articles and make sure you're kept up to speed on what to look out for once you're in the thick of it!
  • Adopt a Class - a Route into Languages

    Written by  Sam Shervill Thursday, 26 July 2012
    Sam has just finished his second year at Cardiff University studying French and Spanish and is about to embark on his Year Abroad to Chambéry and Valencia. Alongside his Year Abroad, Sam is involved with the Routes into Languages 'Adopt a Class' scheme. Here he discusses what's involved, the school he's been paired with and how he will keep them in the loop with his year abroad adventures.
  • Pre-Year Abroad Worries

    Written by  Charlotte Watson Tuesday, 26 June 2012
    Charlotte Watson is studying French and German Joint Honours at Bangor University in Wales. She spent the first semester of her third year abroad studying in Toulouse, France and the second semester studying in Passau, Germany. Here, Charlotte discusses a year abroad with a language learnt from scratch, living in a new city, turning your university romance into a long-distance relationship, and where to go for help and advice.
  • Weird and wonderful ways to record your time abroad

    Written by  Elisa Potter Tuesday, 02 June 2015

    I'm writing this because I wish I had documented my time abroad better. It has bugged me ever since, especially as my computer had an irrevocable crash and I lost a huge number of my favourite photos (pleeease make sure you print them, or at least back them up properly!).

    To help you avoid making the mistake I did, here are some great ways to preserve your photographs and itineraries: scrapbooking, an intriguing handbag idea, a stop-motion video, a clever keyring, a beautiful printed book, or even a photo patchwork quilt/cushion can all come to your memory's rescue when you're a nostalgic graduate.

  • It is so important to document your year abroad: take photos, write a blog or a journal, make a photobook, draw or even film what you get up to - you definitely won't regret it.

    But one thing you will do naturally, almost without noticing, is collect bits and pieces; from postcards and tickets to maps and ideas on a napkin.

    Rather than sorting through all of your memorabilia after your year abroad, why not create a keepsake as you go?
  • 9 tried-and-tested year abroad tips

    Written by  Olivia Russell Wednesday, 11 April 2012

    Olivia is studying Spanish and History at Sheffield University and is on her year abroad in Madrid. Here are her 9 tried-and-tested general tips for year abroad students...

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