Katherine Tabor is studying French and German and the University of York and she spent her year abroad as an Erasmus student at Aix-Marseille University in Aix-en-Provence. Here are her responses to some typical pre-year abroad fears!
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Don't want to study on your year abroad? Interested in gaining first-hand experience of the working world, boosting your CV and improving your language skills in a practical setting? An Erasmus+ Work Placement might be the option for you!
We in the UK are notorious for being *slightly* bad at languages. As a nation, we have a tendency half-heartedly to ask for a plate of ‘frites’ before throwing around the phrase that is the bane of every linguist’s existence: “It’s ok, everyone speaks English anyway”. Luckily for future generations, however, there is a driven team of politicians and professionals working to help young people to buck the trend.
Craig Debrah is a student at City University London, currently studying law on an Erasmus year at Université Toulouse 1 Capitole in Toulouse, France. In this post, he tells us about his *chaotic* first day of his year abroad! For updates on Craig's adventures in Toulouse, check out his blog or follow him on Twitter.
Sophie Duncan studied French and Italian at the University of Exeter and spent her year abroad in Emilia Romagna, Italy. After graduating this year, she moved to Paris and began an internship with a digital media company. You can read more about Sophie's adventures in Paris on her blog. In this piece, she summarises the results of the European Commission's recent study on the impact of doing an Erasmus year (spoiler: it's positive!) and gives her own insight into the benefits of a year abroad.
There is a popular misconception that doing a year (or even a semester) abroad is prohibitively expensive, but at Third Year Abroad, we believe that everyone should be able to benefit from a year abroad, no matter what their financial background.
Are you stuck for ideas for your year abroad? Interested in finding an Erasmus work placement, but no idea where to begin? Do you have an enthusiastic interest in global markets and a great idea for a business, but lack the experience to turn it into a reality? If this is all sounding familiar, it might be that the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme is the perfect opportunity for you! Read on to discover more about the programme and how to apply!