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?
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‘The year abroad is a fantastic experience and I’d recommend it to everyone.’ Heard that before? Probably – it’s pretty much what all year abroad students say to everyone back home, and it’s true! But having a ‘fantastic experience’ doesn’t necessarily mean having ‘fantastic time’ all of the time. The truth is that for just about everybody who takes a year abroad, there are some pretty tough moments, and we all sometimes wonder ‘is it just me, or is everything not always croissants and chocolat chaud?’.
Anna-Marie Odubote is studying English Literature and Hispanic Studies at the University of Liverpool, and is spending her year abroad as a Language Assistant in Madrid... but it's affecting her English! Here are some funny experiences and linguistic mishaps she's had so far...
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Jen is studying English and French at the University of Warwick, and is spending her year abroad as a Language Assistant in Caen, the largest city in Normandy. Here is her advice about documenting your year abroad with 'BlipPhoto', a blog for keen photographers.
Leaving behind friends and family is one of the hardest parts of going on a year abroad, especially if that means saying goodbye to your boyfriend or girlfriend. When you’re in a relationship, the prospect of one of you taking a year abroad can lead to a difficult question. Will your relationship survive a year apart? It may not be the obvious option, but going abroad as a couple could be the solution. My boyfriend and I have spent the past nine months living in France together. Here’s how we did it and what we wish we’d known beforehand!