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The year abroad experience: Let’s get real

Here are Jo's thoughts about the less discussed aspects of the year abroad in terms of setting yourself some realistic expectations.

by Jo Kenworthy

 
 
Grenoble

Learning the language when your course abroad is in English

by Lucy Browett
 
France

The year abroad: a parent's perspective

by Jessica Wells
 
Spain

Applying for a visa while abroad

by Jack Graham
 
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The MEMO Survey to track your progress abroad

by Matthew Hepburn
 
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Why it's ok to hate your year abroad

by Lucy Colclough
 
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Planning my year abroad: what I would have changed

by Cerys Wakeman

Mole Diaries

 
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Mole Diaries: Hong Kong

by Alexia Cowley

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Can anyone offer advice for finding accommodation in Lyon?

France

Hi I'd recommend using AirBnb, there's a section of their website for long-term rentals, so there's both whole-apartment options on there and collocations. You can book something before you arrive and...

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Studying at Geneva University?

Geneva
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What do I write in my personal statement?

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Hello - check out this article on ThirdYearAbroad.com for some advice on writing a personal statement for your year abroad application :)

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Is anyone else on their year abroad in Italy in Monte Argentario, or even t...

Italy
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Finding work experience on your year abroad?

Work experience
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Staying abroad at Christmas (probably alone)?

Christmas

Don't worry about spending Christmas away from home - here are some articles written by students who have been through it themselves and have some advice to pass on:How to survive Christmas by yoursel...

Q

If I am currently on a three year degree, how do i go about switching my de...

America

Hiya,We would always advise talking to your course tutor/study abroad about your options for studying abroad. You can also go to your university Study Abroad/Erasmus+/International team for advice on...

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Au Pairing experience?

Au Pairing

Hi,We have a great au pairing section on our site. This article on au pairing in Italy should be a good start!The TYA Team

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Writing a French and/or Italian CV?

Study Abroad

Hiya,We have some great advice on ThirdYearAbroad.com on adapting your CV to apply for jobs internationally.There's this article by a representative from All About Careers and this more specific artic...

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Being a lone female traveller in Southeast Asia

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Things you should know before doing an Assistantship

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Interview: LGBT travel advice

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Beating homesickness - the 10 steps to happiness!

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Linguists' New Year's Resolutions

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Why I study languages

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Bologna

Why going on a year abroad is the biggest personal challenge for me

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Living and working in Italy

Year Abroad struggles: it’s not always easy

by Emily Maybanks
 
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Interview: Did being gay affect your Year Abroad experience?

by Hannah Qurashi
 
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Follow the Festivals!

by Global Graduates
 
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My tips on keeping a year abroad blog

by Elizabeth Gibson
 
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Weird and wonderful ways to record your time abroad

by Elisa Potter
 
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What students wish they had been told before they left

by Global Graduates
 
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Employability advice from university staff

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The most useful pre-departure advice from university staff

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The Benefits of a Long Distance Relationship

by Rebecca Love
 
Mole Diaries

Insider City Guides: The Mole Diaries

by Global Graduates
 
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How to survive the year abroad in a long-distance relationship

by Rosemary Maher
 
France

Ten top tips for travelling solo

by Rosemary Maher
 
Insurance

Phone insurance: your need to know

by Global Graduates
 
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Why? Why not! Your Year Abroad fears answered

by Katherine Tabor
 
France

Taking Stock: a Year Abroad with Depression

by Hannah S
 
Exams

How to make the most of your Christmas holidays

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Mexico

Christmas abroad: The highs and lows

by Suzanna Ruth
 
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“Break a leg!”: Expecting the unexpected on your Year Abroad

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Bologna

Breaking up abroad: Staying positive when relationships go wrong

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Living and working in Germany

Erasmusts. A guide to the year abroad.

by Tim Blore
 
France

The unexpected perks of living with native speakers on your Year Abroad

by Sophie Lerway
 
Living and working in Germany

An insider's guide to flat-hunting in Berlin

by Katherine Price
 
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Considering the benefits of Erasmus

by Global Graduates
 
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Erasmus Programme: Hopes and Fears

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Mexico

Surviving a (very) long distance relationship

by Suzanna Ruth
 
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Coping with Homesickness

by Fenella Murtagh
 
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The basics: Q&A about studying languages at university

by Global Graduates
 
Paris

A summer au pair in Paris

by Alison Deane
 
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Advice and tips for running an Erasmus Society

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How not to break your body within a month of moving abroad

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Spain

How rude! Swearing in Spain

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Spain

How I finally got my N.I.E.

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Spanish

BAIS Argentina: helping international students in Buenos Aires

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Lyon

Living in Lyon: Do's and Don'ts

by Ama Ukpe
 
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The A-Z of Au Pairing!

by Jazmine Lambert
 
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Why I didn't blog my year abroad

by Emily Dring
 
Living and working in Germany

100 things I've learnt during my year abroad in Germany

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France

The four stages of a year abroad experience

by Esther Mngola
 
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Ten rules for the Year Abroad that you (probably) already knew

by Sarah Molloy
 
Madrid

Flat-Finding Faux Pas

by Sophia Imeson
 
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What students say about their year abroad

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Spain

Life as a Language Assistant before discovering my destination

by Global Graduates
 
France

Things I wish I’d been told before my year abroad in France

by Jonathan Kerr
 
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How to survive small town life as a Language Assistant

by Olivia Hill
 
Living and working in France

10 tips for the Paris Débutante

by Caitlin Webb
 
Living and working in France

Culture Shock: Studying in France

by Rosie Paul
 
Spanish

Advice from a Spanish ab initio student

by Emma Obank
 
Living and working in Spain

Advice for Black people and ethnic minorities on a year abroad

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Living and working in France

Advice for future Language Assistants

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Why do we do a year abroad?

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Combatting boredom on your Year Abroad

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Sun, Sex and Suspicious University Tutors

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How to overcome the Year Abroad Travelling Bug

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Living and working in France

5 reasons why NOT getting your first choice destination might be the best thing to happen to you

by Kate Nicholas
 
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Having a bad day on your YA?

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Doing your Year Abroad with a stammer

by Claire Norman
 
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How much of what to pack for your year abroad

by Lois Bentall and Vicky Warrell
 
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The time I moved to Madrid and forgot what English was

by Anna-Marie Odubote
 
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Your year abroad is eighteen months, not nine! Make the most of your summer holidays!

by Global Graduates
 
France

What is the point of a year abroad?

by Imogen Watson
 
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Top tried-and-tested iPhone apps for year abroad students

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Advice for prospective year abroad students with mental health problems

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Top Ten Things You Need to Know Before Volunteering Abroad

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What to do if you're uneasy about your language skills

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Step By Step: a journey to your year abroad

by Harriet Webster
 
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Long distance break-up advice

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How to convince your parents to let you study abroad

by Rebecca Pollard
 
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Top Au Pairing tips

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Pre-Year Abroad Worries

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Austria

How to write your CV in German

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France

Top survival tips for your year abroad in France

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Top 10 Tips for Survival as an Erasmus Student

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Spending your year abroad as a couple

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As-You-Go year abroad keepsake idea

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Year Abroad tips from current students

by Global Graduates
 
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Transporting your stuff

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Bordeaux

Don't forget to be a tourist on your year abroad!

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French

Studying three languages at university

by Jordaine Hulse
 
Italy

Top 10 tips for survival in Italy

by Grace Paul
 
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5 reasons why a year abroad benefits your CV

by Chris Hitchen
 
Madrid

9 tried-and-tested year abroad tips

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Starting a business on your year abroad

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Bordeaux

Networking in a new city – opening doors and making your own luck

by Simon Davies
 
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Tandem SOS - top conversation exchange tips

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Italy

Extracurricular classes on your year abroad in Italy

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Living and working in Germany

Extracurricular classes on your year abroad in Germany

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UK

Choose your UK university based on its year abroad offering

by Global Graduates
 
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100 Reasons to Study Abroad

by Global Graduates
 
Spain

Everything you need to know for your year abroad in Spain

by Global Graduates
 
France

Everything you need to know for your year abroad in France

by Global Graduates
 
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How to make friends and not alienate people (on your year abroad)

by Nell Fane
 
French

How to fake your language skills to become a local

by Global Graduates
 
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How to teach your friends and family to speak the lingo before they visit

by Global Graduates
 
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A message to my parents. Things they learnt the hard way when their daughter started her Year Abroad.

by Olivia Russell
 
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My YA Dos and Don'ts

by Becky Keogh
 
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Study your whole degree abroad

by Global Graduates
 
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How to fund your year abroad

by Global Graduates
 
Exams

How to pick your uni by course: Modern Languages

by Global Graduates
 
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Top 10 safety tips when you're travelling abroad

by Global Graduates
 
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What to take with you on your flight

by Arthur Reagan
 
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A foodie's paradise: Top 10 countries for food

by Global Graduates
 
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Virtual reading: Kindle review

by Global Graduates
 
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Finding your hidden talent: extracurricular activities abroad

by Global Graduates
 
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Read all about it: Foreign magazine subscriptions

by Global Graduates
 
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Social Media and the Year Abroad

by Global Graduates
 
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Love in a Foreign Climate

by Tom Stephenson
 
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The Official pre-Year Abroad Guide

by Global Graduates
 
Living and working in Spain

Charlotte's Year Abroad Preparation

by Charlotte Evans
 
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Common Year Abroad Misconceptions

by Global Graduates
 
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Great British food: What to cook on your year abroad

by Global Graduates
 
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Phil's Year Abroad Prep: Chapter 2

by Global Graduates
 
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Switching degrees: what to look out for

by Global Graduates
 
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Phil's Year Abroad Prep: Chapter 1

by Global Graduates
 
Spain

Spanish red tape: the NIE explained

by Hannah Wroblewski
 
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10 tried-and-tested ways to make the most of your year abroad

by Global Graduates
 
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The best student websites: deals, discounts and more

by Global Graduates
 
Exams

How to turn your hobbies and interests into an A grade

by Paul Harris
 
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Student societies: The ins and outs

by Arthur Reagan
 
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The best student bank accounts: What to look out for

by Global Graduates
 
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Can't cook, won't cook: Student cookbooks

by Ben Evans
 
Exams

Frankie says relax: How to deal with exam stress

by Adam Sears
 
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Fly me to the moon: How to book cheap flights

by Arthur Reagan
 
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Top 10 Year Abroad Cities for Singles!

by Camille Drake
 
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Which policy's right for me? Student insurance case studies

by Sam Kinley
 
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Twitter and the year abroad

by Global Graduates
 
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Why should I take a year abroad?

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Why study languages at university?

by Global Graduates
 
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Useful travel advice for disabled students going abroad

by Sarah O'Connor
 
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Studying Abroad with a disability

by Joel Smith
 
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W is for...What is culture shock?

by Kim Marshall & Steven Goodman
 
Latin America

Left high and dry - what to do when plans fall through

by Global Graduates
 
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How to write a personal statement to study abroad

by Susie Pritchard
 
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How to write a great personal statement: tips from students

by Karl Langton
 
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The top free online resources for study abroad students

by Global Graduates
 
Exams

The food of the Gods: Meals during exam period

by Global Graduates
 
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Is that your final offer: The art of bartering abroad

by Arthur Reagan
 
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Body ills: The essential medical kit

by Global Graduates
 
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Doing the splits: Getting the most out of your year abroad

by Global Graduates
 
Paris

WARNING: Accommodation in Paris

by Lena Anayi
 
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Top 5 tips to fit your life into your tiny suitcase

by Elena Cresci
 
Mexico

Culture Shock: Mexico

by Global Graduates
 
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Graduate profiles: Modern Languages at work

by Rachel German
 
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Panic Button: What to do in an emergency abroad

by Global Graduates
 
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Reading the small print: Understanding year abroad insurance

by Global Graduates
 
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Kick start your career with languages in style

by Global Graduates
 
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Lucky 7: Potential catastrophes & how to cope

by Tom Stephenson
 
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Making friends abroad

by Gina Reay
 
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There's no place like home...

by Global Graduates
 
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Last night the DJ saved my life...

by Nick Goodchild
 
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Welcome back: Readjusting to life back home

by Gina Reay & Tilly Ingleby
 
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The Beginning of the Year Abroad

by Global Graduates
 
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Culture Shock: USA

by Tilly Ingleby
 
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Student Travelling – Basic Tips and Advice

by Ross Fraser
 
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Winning Year Abroad Advice!

by Global Graduates
 
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8 ways to document your year abroad (and make everyone else jealous)

by Tom Stephenson
 
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The Long Way Down. Bus rides: how to cope

by Global Graduates
 
Advice

It's the Final Countdown...

by Natacha Cullinan
 
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The Year Abroad Checklist

by Global Graduates
 
Advice

Keeping in touch on your year abroad

by Global Graduates
 
Advice

Your Year Abroad: The Dark Side

by Gina Reay
 
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A dummy’s guide to your Year Abroad

by Gina Reay
 
Advice

Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

by Gina Reay
 
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What's out there?

by Global Graduates
 
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The 3 Ps Parent rule: Preparation, Planning and Put your feet up...

by Alice Genge
 
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Your input

by Global Graduates
 
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Before You Go

by Global Graduates
 
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When You Arrive

by Global Graduates
 
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Advice & Tips

by Global Graduates
 
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When You're Back

by Global Graduates
 
English

Not a linguist?

by Global Graduates
 
Advice

Speaking the university politics: how to pick where to study your other subjects abroad

by Natacha Cullinan
 
Advice

What's in your wallet?

by Chloe Hibbert
 
Advice

World University League Tables

by Global Graduates
 
Advice

Practice Makes Perfect: language-learning online

by Global Graduates
 
Advice

Present ideas made easy

by Chloe Hibbert
 
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2012 and Languages: How can the Olympics work for you?

by Chloe Hibbert
 
Advice

How to make the most of your Easter holidays

by Natacha Cullinan
 
Advice

School's out for summer!

by Chloe Hibbert
 
Advice

The Year Abroad Checklist: things your parents/uni/friends will nag you about with good reason!

by Global Graduates
 
Advice

Get a European Health Insurance (EHIC) card

by Global Graduates
 
Advice

Year Abroad Blues

by Global Graduates
 
Advice

Working: Walking the walk and talking the talk

by Natacha Cullinan
 
Advice

Unis Abroad: What are my choices?

by Natacha Cullinan
 
Advice

Don't just take our word for it! Work-v-Uni Case Study

by Global Graduates
 
Health & Fitness

Accidents Abroad

by Sophie Genge, Travel law team, Penningtons Solicitors LLP