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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?

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?

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 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?

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?

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.

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?

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.

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!