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What's the best option in terms of mobile phones in Italy?

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I'm moving to Bergamo, Italy for a year in September and am just trying to figure out what to do with my phone contract. I went to Rome at Easter but the roaming charges are still way too expensive to keep my phone on the same contract while abroad. The contract finishes in December anyway, but I'd still quite like to keep the phone. Does anyone know if it's possible to just get a foreign SIM and insert that into the phone you already have (I've got an o2 iPhone if that helps)? Alternatively, if that' s not feasible, what are some other options? I've heard of opening bank accounts in the foreign country, keeping the phone you've got and just buying a rubbish one for use in your foreign country, putting up with the roaming charges... All sorts! So if anyone could point me in the right direction that'd be great :)

Leaving an internship earlier than expected?

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I was contracted for a year-long internship in France, from July 2014 to 10 July 2015. However, I've been offered a summer internship that want me to begin in the middle of June. How problematic would it be to leave an internship around 3 weeks before you're meant to?

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?

How many places are available for the English Language Assistant programme in China?

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I have just submitted my application for the English Language Assistant programme in China, just wondering: - How many places are available? - What is the applicant to places ratio like? - What is the format of the assessment day and what criteria will the applicants be assessed on? Many thanks!

Which is the best UK university for French and German?

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I want to study these two languages at uni but don't know if there's a place that's especially popular/has great language teaching for both subjects?

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.

University of Salamanca term dates?

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I'm looking for University of Salamanca first semester dates. When, roughly, does it start and finish? If anyone remembers their exact dates that would be even better! :)

How do I deal with misgendering?

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I'm trans and so the pronouns I use in English are not the ones people would expect to use when they look at me ("she"). I'm non-binary so I often use gender-neutral pronouns like ze/hir and they/them. -- How do I deal with it if people "correct" me for using the "wrong" pronouns and adjective/noun endings if I go with the masculine form? -- I'm worried about asking people to use the right pronouns and adjective/noun endings if I do go with a masculine or some sort of created gender neutral form. Any tips? I'm in Western Europe speaking a romance language btw :)

How would I go about finding an Erasmus+ work placement in Spain and Portugal?

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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?

Improving my confidence?

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Basically, I'm an incredibly shy/introverted person and I was wondering if anyone had any tips on being able to improve my confidence (mainly) in speaking in the foreign language, please? I'm going abroad next year. I study French and Italian so any advice related to those languages would be great too.