What's the deal with this place? Do I have to register somewhere? Where should I start my quest for accommodation? Where do I find my coursebooks? What's a ticket restaurant? What sort of culture shock should I prepare for?
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!
Elen Roberts has spent the past two years working in Germany, where she started taking Russian lessons in her spare time. In summer 2013, she did an intensive Russian course at Kiev’s Nova Mova International Language School and this summer she visited Moscow and St Petersburg.
Sophia Smith-Galer studies Spanish and Arabic at Durham University and is currently doing an internship in Granada, Spain, for a company that runs cultural tours of the city and organises Erasmus+ placements for European students. In October, she will head to Beirut to study at the Institut Francais du Proche Orient. To read more about Sophia's year adventures abroad, visit her blog or follow her on Twitter. Here she tells us about her first steps into the world of flamenco...
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Tim Blore is studying Modern Languages at Durham University. He spent the first semester of his year abroad as an Erasmus student in Tübingen, Germany, and is currently working as an English language instructor for children in Paris. Here is his advice, with anecdotes mixed in, about dealing with paperwork, registering at the uni, the Erasmus programme, meeting and joining in with the locals, making the most of your time, learning new skills, travelling, homesickness avoidance tactics, and surviving university lectures on your year abroad...
Mike Glover-Smith studies French and Spanish at the University of St Andrews. He is spending his third year abroad in Santiago, working as a language assistant. To read more about Mike's adventures, check out his blog!
George Ward spent nearly four months on exchange in Toronto, Canada in 2012. While reminiscing about his time abroad he has produced some tips, partially adapted from his blog, in a ‘during and after’ format for those who are missing studying abroad or are currently not enjoying their foreign adventure as much as they thought they would.
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.
Georgina is a student at the University of Kent and is spending her year abroad studying Sociology in Granada, Spain. Here are eight observations she has made about cultural differences between the British and the Spanish...
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.