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Will I get a maintenance loan on my year abroad?
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?
If you get through to the EU concours assessment centre, what sort of things should you be working on/preparing beforehand?
Should you be preparing specific language vocab, for example?
What are your five year abroad essentials?
Excluding official documents like passport/EHIC/Insurance, what are the five items that everyone should take with them on a year abroad?
What career advice have you received from university staff?
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?
Where are these graduate jobs for graduate linguists?
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 should I go about finding accommodation?
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!
How can I find internships in Spain?
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.
How would I go about finding an Erasmus+ work placement in Spain and Portugal?
I've been told by my uni that I can study abroad in an Erasmus uni (one semester in Portugal/one semester in Spain) or work in each country in a work placement that I will find on my own!! How do I go about finding an Erasmus+ work placement in a city in Spain and Portugal - the year has to be split between the two?
Writing a French and/or Italian CV?
Does anybody have any advice with writing a CV in French and/or Italian? While I am studying abroad, I really want to get some work experience/voluntary work if I can, just to help my language skills more than anything, but I assume I'll need a CV in French and Italian? Does anyone have any tips in regards to writing a CV in French and/or Italian, please?
Using currency cards on the year abroad?
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.
Any advice on how to meet people on your third year abroad?
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
Will I still get a tuition fee loan on my year abroad?
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?