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.
Helen is studying French and Management at Lancaster University, and is currently finishing her Year Abroad in Paris after spending six months doing an internship in Antibes. Here's her advice about finding somewhere to live, banking, travelling and speaking French in Antibes.
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 the Checkpoint Charlie Museum in Berlin. Here is her insider guide to settling into Bologna and making the most of your time as a student there...
Alex is studying Religious Studies and Spanish at Cardiff University, and spent his year abroad interning in a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Northern Spain. He says "it's been a ridiculously good opportunity which came from simply sending off a load of CVs last year!" Here's his advice about working for Cives Mundi and tips to help you find an internship for your year abroad.
Naomi is studying French and Spanish and is spending the first part of her year abroad doing a social media marketing internship in Paris, before volunteering in Medellin, Colombia, for almost four months, and then going travelling until September. Here's her advice about the basics, pros and cons of interning in Paris.