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How early should I start looking for a flat in Spain for my year abroad?

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I'm currently applying for a British Council assistant placement in Spain for my third year abroad, and I'm hoping to get placed in the likes of Sevilla. I know that British Council can take as long as until September to tell you where you are placed and I'm worried about finding accommodation. I also want to do Camp America this summer but I'm scared I'll find out my placement in July and have no way of looking at accommodation until I'm back in Europe! Can anyone give me any advice/suggestions or tips on when to look for accommodation?

Where can I get an A1 form from?

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Hi, I am setting up a business in Greece which will operate six months a year. I will continue to reside in the UK and work on the PAYE system. The Greek National Insurance system needs me to get an A1 form so that I will be exempt of paying National Insurance in Greece as I already pay in the UK. Where can I get this from.

Are there any jobs for graduates in Spain?

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I have just graduated and would like to move back to Madrid (where I spent my year abroad) but I'm worried that I will struggle to find work, especially with the high unemployment rate. I want to work in the Arts. Should I move to Spain anyway and then look for work, or is it too risky to move without a guaranteed job?

How much is the Erasmus grant for a year in Paris? How much will it cover?

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I want to study in Paris for a year as part of an Erasmus exchange. How much will my grant be and will it be enough to cover my time there. If not, what advice can you give me for earning a bit extra to cover the costs? How much should I be expecting to spend per month in this city?

How do I persuade my mum to let me do a year abroad?

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I want to study languages at university but my mum is already panicking about the idea of me doing a year abroad - the cost, the safety issues, etc! She doesn't think that it's worth the risk and it's starting to make me doubt myself. What's the best way to handle this? We're really close and I don't want to fall out with her over this.

How do you feel about a pre-study abroad university mental health assessment to decide your eligibility to go?

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If unis could provide every potential year abroad student with a free mental health assessment BEFORE DEPARTURE, do you think that would help students (e.g. unis could keep an eye on students who need extra support) or facilitate discrimination?

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.

Using currency cards on the year abroad?

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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.

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!

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...

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.