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.
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.
Laura Macfarlane is currently studying French and Spanish at University of Stirling and spent a semester in Aix-en-Provence on an Erasmus exchange. Here she shares her tips for surviving university life, finding the best eateries and avoiding the rain...
Katherine is studying French and German and the University of York and, although she's currently in Ingolstadt, she spent her first semester as an Erasmus student at Aix-Marseille University in Aix-en-Provence. She's blogging about her experiences, but here are her top tips about the university, exploring locally and finding delicious Provençal food in Aix...
Gabriella Craft is doing Italian Studies at the University of Reading, and is currently on an Erasmus placement for a year at the Università degli Studi di Firenze in Florence, Italy. Here is her guide to the city at the heart of the Italian Renaissance: how to get there, money, what you'll need, where to live, the city itself, transport and travel, nightlife, food, and the top ten hidden secrets and places to go in Florence.
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!
Laura Macfarlane is currently studying French and Spanish at University of Stirling and spent a semester in Aix-en-Provence on an Erasmus exchange, which she wrote about on her blog. Here she talks us through the four stages of pre-departure and how she turned her fear into excitement.
Ellie Cobbe was at Leicester University, and spent her year abroad in Paris and Valencia, and has since moved to Madrid to work as a Language Assistant. Here is an account from her blog of three dramas she experienced on her Erasmus year and why she was so relieved she took out year abroad insurance.
Arthur studies French and History at the University of Exeter and has just finished his year studying at Université de Savoie in Chambéry in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. Here he shares his tips on making the most of the region, house hunting, and the advantages to life in a small city. Check out his blog about his time there!
Immy is an undergraduate Law student from Queen Mary, University of London, and is currently studying as an Erasmus student on her year abroad in Berlin. She says, "Settling in a new, foreign country and adapting to the customs of your host university are understandably daunting, so I thought the most appropriate topic to begin with is the benefits of the Erasmus programme." And here are five of them...