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Leaving a French internship?

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I should preface this by saying I am not a student! I graduated in July, so I'm not in France on a year abroad as part of a degree, I'm here on my own accord. I work at a radio station in France as an intern, I started in mid-August (a week earlier than stated on the convention) and the internship finishes at the end of January. Among many issues I have with the radio station, the main problem is that over the course of the past 7 weeks at the station, I don't feel that I have learned or gained anything from my time there. In addition, in both the convention de stage and the learning agreement for Erasmus+, the station said we would receive professional training on how to present a radio show, cultural journalism etc, but we have only received two training sessions, only one of which was useful, and the basic information on how to present and record from the English person here over the summer. I've spoken to my parents and given that I'm only earning €500 and now that I've graduated I need to do something that is worthwhile, if the next four weeks remain the same, I will consider leaving the internship. The only clause in the convention regarding ending the internship concerns a lack of discipline whereby the company would have the right to terminate it, so I presume an agreement would have to be reached between the 2/3 parties. So, two questions... a) Given I don't feel I'm learning or gaining anything from this, and we haven't received the professional training set out in the documents, am I within my rights to ask to terminate the internship if it comes to that in four weeks time? b) Should I talk to the station in advance (this/next week) about these issues prior to asking to end the internship at the end of the month?

How do you secure an appartment in france without a french guarantor?

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So I've been reading online that you need a french guarantor to be able to rent a place for a year in France. I am doing a year abroad as part of my french degree and hope to go to Grenoble. However I don't want to houseshare as I live with my boyfriend (who's account i am on now) and my dog and it wouldn't really be ideal for house sharing and we have the money to rent somewhere of our own for the year but not the french guarantor.... if we paid up front for the year would they waiver the need for a guarantor? Or are there any ways that the universities can act as a guarantor? - I will be coming from the university of Kent in the UK. Any help would be great thankyou!

Using a Spanish phone with a UK SIM card?

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I live in the UK and I'm going to Spain on holiday. I'm planning to get a mobile phone to use while I'm there and I was just wondering if I could get it unlocked to work with my uk sim card when I get home? Thanks for your help. Jo

Should I study or teach on my year abroad?

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I'm trying to make 'that' decision at the moment about what to do in Spain next year. I can't decide between being a teaching assistant or an Erasmus student at university. Anyone who's got ideas or has been, please give advice! I want to make the most of my year abroad, so want to make sure I make the right choice!

Can a relationship survive the year abroad?

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I've been in a relationship for 3 years now, and have decided to go on the year abroad to the USA as part of my Business degree. I am so nervous about it because I love my boyfriend but I'm worried about so many things, mainly that I will only be able to come home once in the year - at Christmas - and he can only afford to fly out and visit me once, and also that I have been told it's not a good idea to keep Skyping every day as you miss out on cultural things and having fun, but I want him to feel loved and know I'm thinking of him - has anyone who has been through this before got any advice?!

Can anyone offer advice for finding accommodation in Lyon?

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I've been accepted as a "lectrice" at Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, and need to arrive at the end of August. I was a language assistant last year, but as my school had a flat I have no experience with the French housing market. Ideally, I would like either a "collocation" or a "famille d'acceuil", as I want to gain maximum exposure to the French language whilst there. Can anyone advise on sites they have personally used, or heard good things about, and sites to avoid? I have only visited Lyon for a day last year when I was out in France, so if anyone has any suggestions on good/bad areas to live (in terms of safety, I don't mind not being super-central etc.) in the city that would also be helpful :-)

How can I apply for French Housing Insurance without a French mobile number?

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Hi! So I'm slightly panicking right now as I desperately need to sort out my French Home Insurance, otherwise when I arrive they won't hand over the keys and er, I'll be homeless. I've seen a fair few companies that offer this compulsory insurance, but every time I start applying, they want a mobile number. My UK number won't fit in the required field, and I don't have a French mobile number and won't be able to get one until after I've moved there...and got housing insurance. I have a few French friends that could maybe let me use their number, but this feels a bit dodgy to me and will be awkward if the company tries to call me. Any suggestions on how to deal with this would be much appreciated. Thanks!

What jobs would I be useful for in the EU with a degree in Spanish and Arabic?

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#EUCareers I would love to know the answer to this as normally jobs seem to require French. What could I do with a Spanish and Arabic degree in working with the EU?

Are there many jobs in academia for linguists?

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I'm in my final year studying French and Italian and am interested in doing a Masters and then potentially a PhD but I've heard that there aren't many opportunities in academia for humanities students. I also can't afford to fund it myself. Is it still worth applying?

What financial help is available for studying in Russia for a semester?

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I am aware that the Erasmus programme doesn't cover Russia, which is where I'll be spending half of my year abroad (France for the other half). According to SFE, I will still get my normal maintenance loan, and I know Russia is cheap, but is there any other financial help out there?