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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.

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 :)

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!

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?

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?

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.

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?

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 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 :)

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?

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?