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Extremely homesick and need some advice?

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I moved out to Paris 10 weeks ago to start the first half of my year abroad, (very early I know) and started classes at a private french language school mid August. I do classes in the morning, and then an internship in an office in the school during the afternoon. I am really not liking it, as at the school, there are very little people to chat to, as when I eventually make a friend, the average time that someone is at the school is only 2 weeks, whereas I am here until December. I am really missing home, and am trying everything to make it easier. I can't go out at nights, as I live an hour out of Paris, and so have to take the train which can have pretty scary people during the day, let alone the night. Also, with being so far out, it makes it impossible to meet more people or do anything in the evenings, as there is nothing to do and my flatmate is constantly at her boyfriend's, which is horrible considering how much I am missing mine and she leaves me with her cats - I hate cats. I hate it, as I promised myself I would make the most of my time here, and I know that I am as I am constantly keeping busy and have done so many touristy things etc. I just constantly have this horrible heavy, sad feeling over me, and find myself counting down the hours until it is a day closer to being home, It's so pathetic I know. I am really wishing I could come home, but know that I would really regret it. Any one got any advice for me at all, or anyone in Paris that fancies meeting up or something? Any help is appreciated.

Is it absolutely essential to get the spanish NIE whilst on your year abroad?

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Living and studying in madrid for my third year abroad

My daughter says she wants to study abroad next year - what would she be doing?

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I am wondering where she can go, what will she do there, and what funding is available? Quite a big question, really!

Any advice on how to integrate effectively with locals?

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Want to make sure I don't just hang out with Erasmus students, and actually meet local people as that's how I think my language skills (French) will improve the most! Do I just go to the pub/evening classes etc? Thank you!

Do you get your languages mixed up?

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Trying to decide whether to study Spanish and Portuguese or Spanish and English at uni. I'm worried that if I go for Spanish & Portuguese I'll end up getting really confused and won't improve as much as I would if I just focused on Spanish. I'm also worried about going to two countries on a year abroad. Does anyone have any advice??

Best advice for homesickness?

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What is the best advice you would give for someone who a) has never been abroad alone before? and b) gets homesick quite easily? It probably doesn't help that I am very shy, but any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Dietary Requirements - do you have an advice to share?

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Hi there, I'm just back from my year abroad and I'm writing an article for a newspaper about being abroad with dietary requirements - in the UK I'm a vegetarian but I found this difficult while in France, and I have friends with allergies who also struggled with the food culture while abroad. I'm looking for more students to share their experiences - whether you're vegetarian/vegan, have intolerances, allergies, or religious requirements, it would be great to hear what you found difficult (or easy) while away - was there less or more awareness of your requirement? Were certain food products easy to find? How did you find eating in restaurants? Were you given any support from your university? Do you feel your requirements hindered your YA experience? It would be great to have a wide variety of viewpoints, so please get in touch whatever your experience. Although I'm more focused on Europe for this article, if anyone has stories from further afield don't hesitate! Thanks! Fi

Any advice on how to meet people on your third year abroad?

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I'm currently in Valencia but I'm working as a language assistant and so haven't met anyone through work and my flat mates are never in. I have anxiety so it's already hard for me to meet people but I'm just feeling more and more depressed as I don't have anything to do for the long weekend I have and I just really want to return to the UK

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.

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.

What's the best option in terms of mobile phones in Italy?

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I'm moving to Bergamo, Italy for a year in September and am just trying to figure out what to do with my phone contract. I went to Rome at Easter but the roaming charges are still way too expensive to keep my phone on the same contract while abroad. The contract finishes in December anyway, but I'd still quite like to keep the phone. Does anyone know if it's possible to just get a foreign SIM and insert that into the phone you already have (I've got an o2 iPhone if that helps)? Alternatively, if that' s not feasible, what are some other options? I've heard of opening bank accounts in the foreign country, keeping the phone you've got and just buying a rubbish one for use in your foreign country, putting up with the roaming charges... All sorts! So if anyone could point me in the right direction that'd be great :)