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I am asthmatic - what's the best way for me to manage my prescriptions during my year abroad?

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I don't want to have to keep going to the doctors when I am away, but I also want to be safe obviously!

How does the year abroad work for mature students with family?

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I'm a mature student with a husband and 13 year old daughter. I study Italian and History and am hoping to study in Florence for my 3rd year but also hoping to bring my daughter and husband with me. We are considering applying for an International school for my daughter and my husband may get a years secondment with his work. We feel that not only would it be an experience for me but an amazing life experience for my daughter. I am entitled to funding and we would be renting independently. Has anyone done this before or is it not allowed on the scheme? I cannot find any information on this at all.

Any Really cheap 1 or 2 month intensive french summer courses in France?

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Hi there. I'm a second year student of Japanese and French at UEA and I'm trying to organise a summer abroad in France before I go to Japan to study for a year. Unfortunately no jobs are coming through so I've started looking at intensive french language courses. I've found one that is a month long at the university of Nantes but I need to spend as much time in France as possible between June and September. I'm having trouble finding courses that are as cheap as possible, preferably with accommodation included. Can anyone offer any solutions? If anyone could recommend a cheap month or two month course that would be great :)

Has a rep. from your uni (tutor, study abroad advisor, etc) visited you on your year abroad? If so, did it make a difference?

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We're interested to know how many universities visit their year abroad students and whether it makes a difference to your mental health abroad. If you didn't receive a visit, would you have liked one?

How do I transport all my stuff?

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Okay... stupid question probably. But how am I supposed to move all my stuff from Kendal to Milan when we struggle getting it from Kendal to Lancaster? I don't think my mother will drive it all there somehow...

Do you need both an EHIC and a Carte Vitale for a year abroad in France?

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French red tape is confusing me! Please help!

Can anyone offer advice for finding accommodation in Lyon?

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I've been accepted as a "lectrice" at Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, and need to arrive at the end of August. I was a language assistant last year, but as my school had a flat I have no experience with the French housing market. Ideally, I would like either a "collocation" or a "famille d'acceuil", as I want to gain maximum exposure to the French language whilst there. Can anyone advise on sites they have personally used, or heard good things about, and sites to avoid? I have only visited Lyon for a day last year when I was out in France, so if anyone has any suggestions on good/bad areas to live (in terms of safety, I don't mind not being super-central etc.) in the city that would also be helpful :-)

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 :)

Can anyone recommend a paid language assistant scheme in Spain or South America that is 3-6 months in length?

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Only schemes I have found so far (e.g. British Council) have been full school years (8-10 months), looking for something between 3-6 months due to work commitments.

Nice, Marseille or Grenoble?

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Hi, I am currently in the process of applying for my British Council assistantship! I'm completely stuck between Marseille, Nice or Grenoble, three cities which I have visited before but only briefly. I love the South of France but have been put of my the expense of it however I'm concerned I would get quite bored in Grenoble. Has anyone been to any of these cities? even if not on the assistantship?

How do you keep up your language skills back home?

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Wondering what people's top tips for keeping up their different languages once they get home are? Especially if they have more than one? I feel I learn one, then forget it again. Advice and tips welcome!