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How do I claim back healthcare costs in France?

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I had to have a blood test for a long and complicated reason which I won't go into now but it ended up costing me €68! I know that the French healthcare system reimburses people around 70% of the costs but am I also eligible even though I am not French? Also I don't have French health insurance, just the year abroad insurance I took out before I came here, can I claim on that instead? On my policy it seems to say I can but not until I'm back in the UK permanently. Also at the clinic they asked for a 'carte vitale' which I don't have, but on one of the websites I looked at it said that my EHIC card is an equivalent of a carte vitale, so can I use this to claim back the cost? This is so so confusing and really not what I need right now. I actually miss the NHS!

Advice on doing a study placement abroad , please tell me tricks and tips ?

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Hello I will be going to Canada for my study placement . Montreal, Quebec to be direct. I would like to know is there advice to offer in terms of phone, accommodation and so on I would like to know any useful information about studying abroad in general

How do I transport all my stuff?

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Okay... stupid question probably. But how am I supposed to move all my stuff from Kendal to Milan when we struggle getting it from Kendal to Lancaster? I don't think my mother will drive it all there somehow...

How do you keep up your language skills back home?

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Wondering what people's top tips for keeping up their different languages once they get home are? Especially if they have more than one? I feel I learn one, then forget it again. Advice and tips welcome!

What is assurance habitation and where can I get it?

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Hi there. Thanks for reading. I'm studying in France for a month during the summer on a language course, and am in the process of finding accomodation. I'm applying through CROUS and it's necessary that I have une attestation d'assurance habitation, which I think translates as house or contents insurance. I was wondering where I could get this type of insurance as I have no clue where to start. Thank you

How does the year abroad work for mature students with family?

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I'm a mature student with a husband and 13 year old daughter. I study Italian and History and am hoping to study in Florence for my 3rd year but also hoping to bring my daughter and husband with me. We are considering applying for an International school for my daughter and my husband may get a years secondment with his work. We feel that not only would it be an experience for me but an amazing life experience for my daughter. I am entitled to funding and we would be renting independently. Has anyone done this before or is it not allowed on the scheme? I cannot find any information on this at all.

Has anyone had experience with living alone?

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I'm considering getting a studio apartment and living alone on my year abroad, as I haven't had great experiences with flatmates and I really like to have my own space. Hopefully I will be motivated to join in with more things and make more effort to talk to people as I will really have no other choice. Does anyone have any advice?

What's the difference between working as an EU translator and an interpreter in terms of the application process?

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I'm interested in both of those roles but are there different requirements? Do you need to apply for a specifically translator/interpreter role or can you do translation/interpreting work in a Generalist role?

What's wrong with me?

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For the past few months, I've been feeling super down, then normal with a few elated bits thrown in, then really upset. It is usually in that cycle, and he sadness can last for anywhere from a few minutes to weeks on end while the normal usually only lasts a few days. The elated bits only seem to appear while I'm feeling normal, and they only last for a few minutes to a few hours. I have no idea what's going on, can someone help?

Do you get an Erasmus grant if you are doing a work placement paid above €500?

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Hi everyone :) My university is refusing to pay Erasmus grants for traineeships and placements paid above €500/month (including British Council Assistantships). As far as I can see on the internet, no other university in the UK has such kind of policy, but I cannot be 100% sure, so I'd really appreciate some help in gathering information about it. Is there anyone here who is doing a placement abroad next year paid above €500 and do you get a grant? Thank you very much in advance, I appreciate your help :)

Convention de stage for graduates?

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Does any one have any experience of enrolling at a French university but not taking classes in order to obtain a convention de stage? Trying to find out how a graduate can get a convention de stage (when the university they are graduating from will not issue one).

How do I go about finding out about living with a family?

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I will be going to Bologna (Forli) and Geneva on my Year Abroad and I'm keen on living with a family in both… How do I go about finding a family to live with? Can anybody recommend any websites, please? Or share their own experiences of living with a family?