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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.

Small city in France to spend my year abroad?

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I'd really like to spend the year in France, preferably studying, but want to avoid the big cities (Paris, Marseille, Lyon etc.) as they seem quite impersonal and might be quite difficult to meet people. I want to find a much smaller city with friendly locals and an opportunity to get to know the WHOLE of the city really well! Any ideas?

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?

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.

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

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??

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

Staying abroad at Christmas (probably alone)?

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Does anyone have any experience of spending Christmas in their year abroad destination, and have any tips, please? I'm thinking of staying in Italy over Christmas but I'm a bit worried, because I'll be alone, and it'll be my first Christmas away from my family, and the UK! If anyone has any advice or experience to share, thank you.

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.

How can I stop freezing whenever I speak French?

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Hello. Just to be clear I'm an upper sixth A level student doing French so my problem is slightly different to other people's. I absolutely love French but ever since I went to college I just get really nervous and clam up straight away if someone asks me something. This is causing me problems during French oral exams and I missed out on an A last year by 4 marks. The funny thing is I'm a drama student too so this shouldn't be a problem. I know French is something I want to do for the rest of my life and I just wondered if anyone on their year abroad had, or is going through the same thing. Thank you :)

Is it possible to change work placements halfway through, and still qualify for an Erasmus grant?

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Six weeks in to my placement at a life and culture magazine in Florence, Italy, I've found it's not what I expected. My boss makes me work far more hours than my contract set out (last week I worked 40 rather than the specified 30), and although I was promised lots of Italian practice, so far, it's been entirely English-speaking. I keep hearing "we're getting there, soon we'll sort it out" but it's pretty clear to me they're empty promises. To top it all off, when I tried to bring my problems up with her, she shouted me down, then proceeded to tell me off, and later send me a passive-aggressive email basically telling me why I should be grateful for the opportunity to work for her. I am desperate to change placements, and have already found a new one that my uni tutor has 'okay'ed, but I don't know if this will make my Erasmus grant void as a) neither placement will be 3 months long, and b) it's not the placement I originally applied for. If I don't get the Erasmus grant, I can't afford to stay out here, but I feel I'm working in such a hostile environment I won't last in the job til Christmas!! Any knowledge on this would be so gratefully received :)

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.