Dan Stevenson spent his year abroad on the French island of La Réunion, working as an English Language Assistant for the British Council. He recently graduated in French and Management from King’s College London and since graduating has co-founded Versify, an online language exchange community where you can practise languages for free through one-on-one video chats. Here's how it works...
Amber is doing Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent, and is spending her year abroad in Montilla, near Córdoba in Spain, working as a British Council Language Assistant. Here are her thoughts about her time in Spain...
Hands-on teaching experience in Spain, studying or working for a year? That is the question. What about doing all three at the same time? Meddeas’ Language Assistant Programmes are a great opportunity to plunge into Spain while gaining transferable international skills. Becoming a Language Assistant will enhance your possibilities of learning a new language and experiencing a different culture.
We are incredibly excited to discover that so many of you are Instagramming your year abroad adventures and using the hashtag #thirdyearabroad! Over 2,000 wonderful photographs!! Here are the latest :)
Amber is doing Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent, and is spending her year abroad in Montilla, near Córdoba in Spain, working as a British Council Language Assistant. Here she invites us to join her weekend in Córdoba and Montilla, giving us an insight into her life there!
Ciara Murphy from County Wexford in Ireland and Cordelia Roberts from England both went to Bremen, Germany, for their year abroad, and each was constantly being asked if they had a twin!
The Year Abroad Awards 2015 are designed to celebrate and reward UK students who have spent time working, studying or volunteering abroad during their degree. The ten categories have been carefully selected to showcase the qualities that epitomise a year abroad student - creativity, bravery, ingenuity, a global mindset and a sense of humour! Entries have now closed for 2015.
Meeting students who have recently returned from foreign placements is a fantastic way to kickstart your year abroad research and enthusiasm - you can ask your burning questions and see their excitement (or not?) for the destination you're considering. International Office staff are on hand to explain your options, and it's also useful to hear from visiting graduate speakers and careers advisors who will help you get your head in the game. We are working with Routes into Languages to put together listings of upcoming events and activities to inform you about studying and working abroad during your degree course, but please do get in touch if you have any events to add to the list!
Judy Verses is the President of Global Enterprise and Education for Rosetta Stone responsible for all institutional business across all geographies. She holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and was a winner of the Washington Business Journal Award for "Women Who Mean Business" in 2009. She was recently announced as a Finalist in the Women In Technology annual ‘Women in Leadership Awards’. We leapt at the chance to interview her and find out more about her plans for Rosetta Stone and her thoughts on the year abroad, language education and global opportunities for linguists.