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Any advice on applying for a scholarship in Spain?

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I want to study my degree in Spain but it´s too expensive.

What steps you should take to overcome this frustration of your team mate?

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A new team member has joined with us recently. Now he is disappointed and in frustration due to the culture shock in new environment.

Am I eligible for study funding?

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Dear Sir/ Madam, I am a stonemason of about 15 years experience. After many years of work I find that stone carving is becoming physically too demanding on my body, particularly my hands from using machine and hand tools and I am looking to move my career in a different direction before I suffer permanent damage. During the last few years I have undertook some sculpture restoration in stone and ceramic and it is this area I would like to focus on. To work at the level I would like, I feel it would be of massive benefit for me to study classical sculpture and to improve my draftsmanship, and to this end I have applied to study the two year program at the Academy of Art, Barcelona. I wondered if this is the type of training your organisation funds, and if so, how do I apply? A link to the Art Academy is below, and also a link to my website so you can see my previous work. If this is not the kind of funding you offer can you recommend any other organisations? http://academyofartbarcelona.com/ www.will-whitmore.com Thanks!

Can I come home at any time?

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I have always had issues with anxious/nervous feelings and it stops me from doing certain things. I’m going on a year abroad to Spain next year which I am dreading at the moment. Spanish isn’t my favourite subject and I’m going to be turning 21 while I’m there but can I come home for a couple of weeks to have a party etc since I’ll want to spend it with friends and family Or will I have to wait till Christmas holidays to come home? I am also worried that I’ll be lonely and everyone back home will forget about me, does anyone have any advice on this?

How exactly does the travel grant work?

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Do you only receive the money after you have provided evidence, so would you first need the funds in order to pay for the flights and later get reimbursed for them?

Is Salzburg, Austria covered by any German mobile networks? If not, what phone contract is recommended for a Austria/Germany split Erasmus year?

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I'm spending half of my Erasmus year abroad in Salzburg and the other half in Munich. As I can't seem to find any 6 month contracts over there (I'd rather not have prepaid because I'll be using a lot of data), I'm going to have to get a 12 month contract, so was looking for one that covered both Salzburg and Munich, despite them being in different countries. As Salzburg is right on the German border, I thought maybe it would share German mobile networks, is this true?

Could I spend a year abroad doing conservation/ project work and still get funding/ loan for it?

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I am currently in my second year studying zoology in Swansea and really want to take a year off getting stuck into another culture, I was wondering if it would be possible to do this without taking a 'suspension' from uni but actually use year abroad as 'industrial year' making my course a 4 year one and receive some kind of bursary to help funding....... Is this possible or to make this possible could I study at another uni for a couple terms then go off to do project work, etc ....???

How can I apply for French Housing Insurance without a French mobile number?

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Hi! So I'm slightly panicking right now as I desperately need to sort out my French Home Insurance, otherwise when I arrive they won't hand over the keys and er, I'll be homeless. I've seen a fair few companies that offer this compulsory insurance, but every time I start applying, they want a mobile number. My UK number won't fit in the required field, and I don't have a French mobile number and won't be able to get one until after I've moved there...and got housing insurance. I have a few French friends that could maybe let me use their number, but this feels a bit dodgy to me and will be awkward if the company tries to call me. Any suggestions on how to deal with this would be much appreciated. Thanks!

It may be a silly question but I was wondering how students in france (paris - sorbonne) take notes? Do they use notebooks or sheets like here in England? Or laptops?

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I guess I would like some recommendations as I am going to Paris this September and I have no idea what stationery to buy. A notebook per class? Do they receive as much (or more) material than we do here in England at the lectures and seminars?

Brexit - likely effect on the third year abroad?

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Hi Lizzie .. I wondered if you have been having any discussions and/or come to any conclusions as to how Brexit might affect the third year abroad? Best wishes, Pamela

Can anyone recommend a travel insurance provider after surgery?

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I'm from the UK and looking for specific study abroad travel insurance. There are quite a few companies that offer it, but it's complicated by the fact that I had double jaw surgery four weeks ago as part of my orthodontic treatment. Many insurers won't cover emergency medical treatment that relates to an 'existing medical condition', which includes recent surgery. Does anyone have experience of buying travel insurance who has a medical condition or has had recent surgery? Were you able to extend your policy to cover it, or did you have to buy additional specific medical insurance?

Should I change my internship while I still have time?

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I have been working at a student travel agency in Germany for 2 weeks now, and have been regretting my choice of internship since I started. The job is based in a TINY office out of town (just 2 managers and one other intern who will be leaving this week), which is incredibly antisocial and has a very unfriendly working environment. Most of the day is spent in silence, and when my co-workers do speak to one another they do it in Turkish. In terms of the work itself, the main language of the job is English, meaning I am left with little opportunity to develop my language. As well as this, the work is incredibly monotonous and there is never an opportunity to learn anything/ actually use my brain - the worst thing is that there are often long periods where there is no customer activity and so there can be hours of sitting, staring at the screen or on your phone (this is not without me trying to find other work to do). Seeing my fellow intern, who is now 3 months into the job, doing as little as I am it is quite clear that this is what it will be like from now on. I just really would like a fresh start with a job that is actually challenging and allows me to have more contact with staff/ customers in German - I am worried that I will 'stick it out' here and end up regretting 6 months doing a job that I hate. Has anyone else switched internships early on in the year abroad/ left an internship early? I would really appreciate any advice at all at this point!!