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Tips for choosing a topic for the Year Abroad Project?

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I'm completely stuck. How did everyone else decide what to write about?

Can you study abroad with no/little knowledge of the language?

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I can speak a bit of German so will be spending half of my year abroad there. However I also want to experience a different country for the second half of the year. Is this too difficult or can it be done?

Where should I look to find a flat in Ciudad Real?

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I'm going to be spending my year abroad in Ciudad Real in Spain and was wondering if anyone had some advice. My uni has told me it might be worth getting a hotel for the first few days and then finding a flat. Would people recommend this or would they recommend going out flathunting before the year starts?

Will I still get a tuition fee loan on my year abroad?

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I am going to do a British Council assistantship in Italy. Do I still need to pay tuition fees for my home university? And, if so, will I still be eligible for a loan to cover those fees?

Help with finding an internship in France?

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Hi guys! I am wanting to intern/work abroad for my third year abroad in France. However I have not had much response from places I have already applied to. Just wondering if anyone could help me with any links, or useful contacts. My dream internship would be working alongside a translator, or I wouldn't mind interning in a hotel! Thank you!

What jobs would I be useful for in the EU with a degree in Spanish and Arabic?

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#EUCareers I would love to know the answer to this as normally jobs seem to require French. What could I do with a Spanish and Arabic degree in working with the EU?

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 :)

Languages degree? unsure?

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Hello, I am a graduate of French and Arabic. People have always said that languages are an asset, but in Brexit Britain, I am thinking that it may be quite insecure. I am interested in delving deeper into a career that involves my use of these languages, albeit, some more. However, I'm unsure where. And I am not interested in a career as a Secondary or primary school language teacher. I want something that combines my passion for research, learning, problem-solving with languages. It would be nice to chat to someone and I look forward to some responses hopefully.

What career advice have you received from university staff?

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Did the staff at your university (either tutors or members of the International/Study Abroad team) give you any useful advice on employability skills/your future career BEFORE you left for your year abroad?

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.

Using currency cards on the year abroad?

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Has anyone got any experience of using currency cards for the year abroad? Because I'm splitting my year abroad (Italy and Switzerland), I'm not too sure what to do about money and banking but then I read about currency cards and would like to get some opinions of them before deciding to get one. For example, how do they work? Where can I get one from? Etc. etc.

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?