Julia studied abroad in Lyon and is now a freelance dance artist and entrepreneur
I worked in the summer of 2006 for RAC France, using my French and English to support people all over Europe. They offered me continuous work; however I had to go back to London to continue my final year of my degree.
The dance skills I gained in France formed the start of a long and loving relationship with contemporary dance. I also learnt invaluable information about the dance scene in France from meeting other dancers. I would never have experienced or been exposed to this had I not been there. This fuelled my love for dance and spurred me on to do more when I got back to London.
Having graduated, I am now a freelance dance artist and have subsequently founded my own dance company, Kolesk Dance. I am Associate Artist of Step Out Arts, Supported Artist by Hat Factory and was recently been awarded a scholarship to participate in an international lab research project in Austria with actors, choreographers and directors in December 2011.
The Year Abroad enhanced my life by giving me the opportunity to connect to a different culture through the French and by blessing me with the closest friends that I made during that time. I continue to use the language to connect to people on a daily basis. The last and final thing is that without the dance classes that were offered to me, I would not be the artist that I am today. The year gave me strength, confidence and belief in myself and I thank my lecturers, Jacqueline Page and Patrick Corcoran for convincing me to take on the Year Abroad Study."
In partnership with the British Academy and University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) we gathered short reports from graduates on the importance that the year abroad has had for them, in terms of their skill set, their careers and their lives. These reports formed the basis of the Position Statement: Valuing the Year Abroad. Browse the reports below for inspiration, and select a tag within a report to read more on that theme.