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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?

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 and where do you get an STI test in France? Do you have to go through a doctor?

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In the UK it's really easy to get yourself checked out but I'm not planning on returning home for a while and this obvously isn't the sort of thing you want to just leave

What is the difference between a 'code banque' and a 'code guichet'?

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I am struggling to understand all the different French bank terminology. Would really appreciated some help! Thanks :)

I'd like to do a year abroad, but I don't want to study - what are my other options?

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I've heard that you can teach abroad - do I have to find my own placement?

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?

What's the best option in terms of mobile phones in Italy?

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I'm moving to Bergamo, Italy for a year in September and am just trying to figure out what to do with my phone contract. I went to Rome at Easter but the roaming charges are still way too expensive to keep my phone on the same contract while abroad. The contract finishes in December anyway, but I'd still quite like to keep the phone. Does anyone know if it's possible to just get a foreign SIM and insert that into the phone you already have (I've got an o2 iPhone if that helps)? Alternatively, if that' s not feasible, what are some other options? I've heard of opening bank accounts in the foreign country, keeping the phone you've got and just buying a rubbish one for use in your foreign country, putting up with the roaming charges... All sorts! So if anyone could point me in the right direction that'd be great :)

How do you make your new apartment abroad homely with such a small luggage allowance?

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I'm a bit worried about homesickness but making my room homely would make it easier I think. Does anyone have advice?

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?

What should I do about a mobile phone in Australia?

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I'm going to Australia for a year in July but my current contract runs out in September. What's the best thing to do? Should I get it unlocked (if so, how?) and get a pay and go sim card out there, or get a new handset or....? I won't need to use it for talking to people back in the UK, just within Australia. Any advice is appreciated, thanks.

What are your five year abroad essentials?

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Excluding official documents like passport/EHIC/Insurance, what are the five items that everyone should take with them on a year abroad?