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Has anybody had experience of applying for the Travel Grant with Student Finance?

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Student Finance supposedly offer a Travel Grant which can pay for three return flights, important medical insurance and visa costs-minus the first £330. Does anybody have any experience of applying for it? Is it easy to get? Do they pay it quickly? is the £330 only for flights or does it include medical insurance, too?

Which Italian cities are best for students?

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I am studying Italian and can't wait to go to Italy on my year abroad! However, I know that Italy is a popular tourist spot and I don't want to end up somewhere that is overcrowded with English speakers. For that reason, is it a mistake to go somewhere like Venice, Rome or Florence? And, if so, where else would you recommend? I would prefer to be in a city or a large town, where there is plenty to do for young people, but I don't want to sacrifice learning about genuine Italian culture.

Is Hands on TEFL a good company?

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I just saw a statement on the third year abroad Facebook page saying someone has sent a complaint about Hands on TEFL saying they aren't treating students properly. I have a placement with them starting in September. Could you tell me any more about the situation?

What is the best way to find accommodation in Spain?

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I will be living in Madrid - are there any websites I can visit? Or is it better to look in person when I am out there?

Can my year abroad relationship survive my return to the UK?

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I met my boyfriend during my year abroad in France and have just moved home to the UK. We've agreed to try and make it work but is this completely unrealistic? He doesn't speak any English so I'm worried he won't be able to fit in with my old life and we'll drift apart. Has anyone experienced this?

How many languages is too many?

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I'm a sixth-form student interested in studying languages at uni, but I can't decide which ones - I study French and Spanish A-level but would also really like to take up Italian. Is 3 languages too many?

Which country would be best to study in, France or Germany?

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I suppose I've got quite a vague question. I'm currently trying to think of ideas on how to spend my year abroad. I study French and beginners' German and I've decided that I'd like to spend a semester studying at a university in either France or Germany, and spend the rest of the year working in the country I haven't yet visited. However I'm not sure which country would be best to study in. Of course I've only been learning German for a year, so I'd like to spend the German part of my year abroad really improving my language ability. So would it be more beneficial for a beginner to study in a country where the language they're learning is spoken, or work in it? Would studying at a university give more exposure to the language and immerse you in it more than working? Also if anyone has any experience of studying in either France or Germany it'd be great to hear your experience :)

How do I transfer my loan when I move abroad?

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I'm moving to Italy for the year in September and just wondered how I would go about transferring my loan money which would go to my Uk Barclays account to perhaps an Italian account? Or if anyone has any advice of what to do instead as I've been told that if I use my barclays card to withdraw cash it would charge me a fee everytime... Thanks!

Can you advise how the Caxton fx Currency Card works?

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I want to know how relatively easy it would be to transfer money (say part of a student loan) from a UK bank account to the Caxton fx card while I was on my year abroad in Hong Kong?

How do I cope with the stress of being abroad?

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I am absolutely terrified of doing a year abroad. Unfortunately for me, I am a linguist about to go into my second year at university, and so I am well aware that the year abroad is no longer just a far-off occurrence that I can put out of my mind. I suffer quite badly from anxiety and it is something that I am trying to work through, but I am worried that the stress of living abroad without my familiar support system of family and friends will have a detrimental effect on my mental health. However, I love languages and want to be able to throw myself into things without being held back by anxiety. Does anyone have any advice?

Is it a bad idea to live with a friend from university on my year abroad?

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A friend of mine from my university course is also moving to Berlin for her year abroad and we were considering living together. However I've recently started to worry that this will prevent me from meeting new people and from practicing my German, but I don't want to offend her or make her feel like I'm abandoning her. Help?!

What are the main differences between an English University and a say an Italian or Spanish one?

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whats the difference between contact hours, independent study time, and teaching styles etc.