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When (if ever) do you give up and go home?

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I'm on my year abroad and I've been struggling with my mental health pretty much since day 1 back in September. I'm a language assistant and really not enjoying it, and the school isn't helping me at all. I've tried throwing myself into things, getting outside, keeping myself busy etc but nothing seems to be working and I don't know what to do. The thought of staying here until June is pretty unbearable at the moment but I also don't want to sacrifice my degree and feel like I'm giving up by going home. It was hard to come back after Christmas and I'm worried if I go home again I won't come back. What should I do?

How do you adjust back to life in the UK?

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I've returned from a year abroad and am finding it really tough to settle back into my old life. Nothing at home has changed and yet I feel like a completely different person. How do you cope with reverse culture shock?

Where are these graduate jobs for graduate linguists?

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I am in my fourth and final year of my degree (Politics, Italian and Spanish). I did an ERASMUS year abroad last year and I am now looking for graduate jobs. In the media we see all of the time that graduate linguists are in demand. Well, for graduates that aren't considering teaching, translating or interpreting, so my question is: WHERE ARE ALL OF THESE JOBS? I would say that I am actively looking for graduate jobs and have a pretty good idea where to look and what search queries to use. However, I am not finding anything where I feel like I am special because I have studied 2 languages for 4 years. Any help/ideas/job offers would be great.

Can you inspire me to keep my German going so I can become a Lawyer-Linguist in future?

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I'm in Year 10 and I need some inspiration/motivation to do something with my life, I've always wanted to be a Lawyer - possibly a Lawyer-Linguist - and no one has ever listened to my dream and said, "yes James, I believe you can do that", usually it's "you wouldn't make a good lawyer" etc. So please can you inspire me and motivate me to try hard in my German lessons particularly but all lessons so I can achieve my dream?

How much is the Erasmus grant for a year in Paris? How much will it cover?

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I want to study in Paris for a year as part of an Erasmus exchange. How much will my grant be and will it be enough to cover my time there. If not, what advice can you give me for earning a bit extra to cover the costs? How much should I be expecting to spend per month in this city?

Which is the best UK university for French and German?

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I want to study these two languages at uni but don't know if there's a place that's especially popular/has great language teaching for both subjects?

Are there many jobs in academia for linguists?

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I'm in my final year studying French and Italian and am interested in doing a Masters and then potentially a PhD but I've heard that there aren't many opportunities in academia for humanities students. I also can't afford to fund it myself. Is it still worth applying?

How do I claim back healthcare costs in France?

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I had to have a blood test for a long and complicated reason which I won't go into now but it ended up costing me €68! I know that the French healthcare system reimburses people around 70% of the costs but am I also eligible even though I am not French? Also I don't have French health insurance, just the year abroad insurance I took out before I came here, can I claim on that instead? On my policy it seems to say I can but not until I'm back in the UK permanently. Also at the clinic they asked for a 'carte vitale' which I don't have, but on one of the websites I looked at it said that my EHIC card is an equivalent of a carte vitale, so can I use this to claim back the cost? This is so so confusing and really not what I need right now. I actually miss the NHS!

How do I persuade my mum to let me do a year abroad?

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I want to study languages at university but my mum is already panicking about the idea of me doing a year abroad - the cost, the safety issues, etc! She doesn't think that it's worth the risk and it's starting to make me doubt myself. What's the best way to handle this? We're really close and I don't want to fall out with her over this.

What's the best way to look for careers that require a language?

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I have just graduated and am on the lookout for jobs that would allow me to use my language skills (I studied Spanish and Arabic). I don't want to be a translator! What are my other options? I would be open to working abroad.