Should I spend my year in France or Russia?

For some reason or other, Glasgow Uni only allows Joint Honours students of Russian to spend either the third year abroad there, or 2-3 months in fourth year. However, if I decided to do my year in Russia, I would have about 6 months in France. I realise It seems obvious that I should spend the year in Russia as it will benefit my language skills more, but I won't lie, I am rather scared of spending a year in Tver!

This question was asked on 12th August 2014 and has been read 2269 times.

  • Philip Harding-Esch · 8 years ago


    To me it would also seem to make sense to spend your year in Russia.

    My own year abroad was in Gabon, West Africa. I was 19 and it was a major culture shock. It took me about 3 months to get used to travelling around the capital, as roads had no names so you had to hop from neighbourhood to neighbourhood and follow landmarks to find a place ("The third house after the mango tree").

    Initially I thought I would never last - but by Christmas I didn't want to leave and the year ended far too soon!

    You should trust in your capacity to adapt to situations and in the future you'll look back at the most extraordinary time. And a whole 9 months in Russia will, indeed, be amazing for your Russian.

    Of course you may have other concerns - for instance the University will advise on safety, etc, and remember - at the very worst, if ever you did need to come back - you're only ever a few hours away from home. 

    But in terms of culture shock etc, I would say trust in the adventure, take a deep breath and take the plunge! You won't regret it.

  • Eilidh Oliver · 8 years ago

    I would advise you to go to Russia.  In my year at uni, every single person who got a first had chosen to spend 9 months in Russia. It really does make a difference!

  • Eilidh Oliver · 8 years ago

    And whilst Russia seems scary before you go (and even after), living there is a truly unforgettable experience!

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