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How do you make your new apartment abroad homely with such a small luggage allowance?

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I'm a bit worried about homesickness but making my room homely would make it easier I think. Does anyone have advice?

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?

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.

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??

How much money will I need to study abroad in Canada?

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I'll have access to the basic UK student finance loan, however I already struggle to live off of this amount. How much money does it typically cost to study in the US/Canada for a year? I already have a part time job just want an idea of how much I should aim to save. Thank you!

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

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 :)

How should I go about finding accommodation?

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Any accommodation advice specifically relating to the area surrounding the University of Bologna would be most helpful, as that's where I'll be studying next year through the Erasmus scheme. However, any general advice is also much appreciated!

What are your five year abroad essentials?

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Excluding official documents like passport/EHIC/Insurance, what are the five items that everyone should take with them on a year abroad?

Will I get a maintenance loan on my year abroad?

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I'm thinking of working for half of my year abroad as a language assistant in China and then study in France for the other half. Would I still get a maintenance loan as usual or not?

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.