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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 :)

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.

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!

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 :)

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?

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?

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?

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?

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!

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.

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?