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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?

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 :-)

Can anyone recommend a good organisation to volunteer with in South America?

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I am hoping to spend some time in the next year volunteering in South America, but I am struggling to find organisations that offer good experience without charging thousands for the privilege. Does anyone have any recommendations? I have no real preference when it comes to country, as long as it is Spanish-speaking.

How do I translate my CV?

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I want to apply for jobs abroad but I'm struggling to translate my CV so that it reads really well. I speak Spanish so am looking at Spain, but don't know how to represent my qualifications in a style recognisable to Spanish employers. Can anyone help?!

How can I find internships in Spain?

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I am studying Spanish, and would like to do a work placement in Spain during my year abroad. I would like to know how I can find internship opportunities and how to apply for them.

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!

Has anyone had experience with living alone?

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I'm considering getting a studio apartment and living alone on my year abroad, as I haven't had great experiences with flatmates and I really like to have my own space. Hopefully I will be motivated to join in with more things and make more effort to talk to people as I will really have no other choice. Does anyone have any advice?

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.

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 :)

Has anyone worked for PGL before? Or know anyone that has?

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Hello! I have graduated in June. I am looking at language based roles with PGL. Has anyone or does anyone know anyone that has worked for this company before? Thanks.

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?