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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!

What is the best way to transfer money from a UK bank account to an Austrian bank account?

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I am going on a year abroad to Vienna and I have already checked bank accounts there - I wish to open one up when I arrive there, as it also gives you a railcard and an ISIC card. However, I will need to transfer money from the UK to Austria, as my student loan and my EU funding will come in batches throughout the year. Is there a good way of transferring these funds from the UK to Austria without incurring extra costs?

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?

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 ....???

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?

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?

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?

What kitchen stuff should I pack for my year abroad?

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My accommodation doesn’t provide me with any cooking utensils, cutlery or crockery, but I don’t want to waste space taking a load of pans, bowls and spoons across to France with me, and I don’t want to just see what I can find when I get there in case the answer is nothing! Any advice?

Past experience of obtaining the travel grant when parental income is over the 40,000 threshold?

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Was wondering if anyone has experience of this who's combined household income is over 40k and whether they got any travel grant? I'm expecting to have expenses regarding visas, flights and health insurance of around £3000 for my year abroad. My dad is retiring in August which will take a lot of income away however the combined income will be around 55k still after this. The problem is, for the tax year this year, he will have been paid in full for 6 months which pushes the amount up quite a lot - would this be considered in assessing whether I am eligible for the travel grant as by the time I leave for the US (mid August) he won't be working and household income will be around the 55k per year mark It's all very confusing however I could really do with the travel grant!

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