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How should I go about finding accommodation?

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Any accommodation advice specifically relating to the area surrounding the University of Bologna would be most helpful, as that's where I'll be studying next year through the Erasmus scheme. However, any general advice is also much appreciated!

Should I leave study abroad?

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I studied in Norway for my first semester and it was the best few months of my life but I've just arrived in Japan for my second semester abroad and I am so completely lost. I have never been to Asia before, don't speak Japanese and I'm so unfamiliar with everything. I literally got here four days ago and I know what everyone will say as a response to this - that I haven't given it enough time - but I know myself and I know it's not going to get better. I've decided that after a month if I am still not enjoying it I will leave at the start of May, but I was just wondering if anyone else on here has left before and what the potential consequences are? I am doing a 'sandwich' year and am due to go back to university in England in September.

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.

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 :-)

Very homesick and would like some advice?

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I have been on my year abroad for less than a week in Forli in Italy studying at the University of Bologna in Forli, and then I will be going to the University of Geneva in Geneva in Switzerland. But, since arriving, I have become very homesick and I am trying to keep myself busy but it does not always work. I am an introverted person naturally and I don't yet feel comfortable telling my new flatmates how I am feeling. My Italian is not very good either and I feel like that is affecting me too. Does anyone have any advice please?

Where can I get an A1 form from?

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Hi, I am setting up a business in Greece which will operate six months a year. I will continue to reside in the UK and work on the PAYE system. The Greek National Insurance system needs me to get an A1 form so that I will be exempt of paying National Insurance in Greece as I already pay in the UK. Where can I get this from.

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?

Tips for introducing yourself to primary school aged children?

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I will be teaching ages 5 to 10 in Spain and I want to prepare a presentation about myself for my first lessons. The school said a presentation would be fine but should I do this on powerpoint or just speak and show some pictures? Also what should I include in the powerpoint presentation? I want to be prepared for when I arrive. Thanks!

I'm interested in being a lawyer/linguist with the EU. What are the requirements for passing the competition?

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Do you need professional experience in a law firm? Also, do you need a particular language?

Staying abroad at Christmas (probably alone)?

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Does anyone have any experience of spending Christmas in their year abroad destination, and have any tips, please? I'm thinking of staying in Italy over Christmas but I'm a bit worried, because I'll be alone, and it'll be my first Christmas away from my family, and the UK! If anyone has any advice or experience to share, thank you.

Any Really cheap 1 or 2 month intensive french summer courses in France?

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Hi there. I'm a second year student of Japanese and French at UEA and I'm trying to organise a summer abroad in France before I go to Japan to study for a year. Unfortunately no jobs are coming through so I've started looking at intensive french language courses. I've found one that is a month long at the university of Nantes but I need to spend as much time in France as possible between June and September. I'm having trouble finding courses that are as cheap as possible, preferably with accommodation included. Can anyone offer any solutions? If anyone could recommend a cheap month or two month course that would be great :)