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.
Jessica Benson is an English Language and German student currently on her third year abroad, doing a work placement in a town called Erlangen (near Nuernberg) in Germany. She says, "I will be the first to admit I'm not working my dream job, or anything like it, but I have a selection of what I've dubbed 'survival skills'- a kit list, if you like, of traits that you can bring to your job to make any work placement work for you."
Jessica studies BA Modern Languages - Spanish and French - at the University of Exeter. As well as au pairing in Madrid in the summer, she spent four months working as a marketing intern for an entrepreneur in Valladolid during her Year Abroad. Here is her advice about finding accommodation, getting around town, money, linguistic and cultural differences, and the pros and not-so-pros...
Catherine is studying German and Italian at Oxford University and is spending her year abroad doing internships in the German Institute in Bologna, Italy, at a newspaper in Rome and at AKQA, a digital advertising agency in Berlin. Here is her insider guide to settling into Bologna and making the most of your time as a student there...
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Catherine is studying German and Italian at Oxford University and spent her year abroad doing internships in the German Institute in Bologna, Italy, at a newspaper in Rome and at AKQA, a digital advertising agency in Berlin. Here is her guide to finding and making the most out of an internship on your year abroad.
Rachel is studying French and German at the University of Bristol, and is currently spending the second part of her year abroad working as a translation intern in Biarritz in the south of France. Here is an account of her first week there, which is especially useful if you are about to begin a placement yourself or are trying to decide what to do on your year abroad...
I study French and Italian at St Anne’s College, Oxford. I began learning Italian ab initio when I started in 2012, and as result of being so far behind with Italian in comparison, I really worked hard to improve my Italian by studying at language courses in Florence and spending a summer working as an au-pair. As a consequence, my French then fell behind, and I really wasn’t comfortable with grammar or speaking. I have thus chosen to spend the majority of my year Abroad in France, and just the two summers either side in Italy. I had already had a fair bit of experience working at primary schools in England as a volunteer and so decided that I wanted to use my year abroad as a chance to gain a different type of work experience.
Kathryn is studying French and German at Warwick University, and she completed an internship in a translation firm in Ingolstadt for 4 months from March to July 2013 as part of my her third year abroad. Here are her tips for living in Ingolstadt; getting there, finding somewhere to live, travelling around town and beyond, banking, places to go and things to see in Ingolstadt.