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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?

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 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.

What's the best way to look for careers that require a language?

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I have just graduated and am on the lookout for jobs that would allow me to use my language skills (I studied Spanish and Arabic). I don't want to be a translator! What are my other options? I would be open to working abroad.

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 :)

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 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.

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?

Staying abroad at Christmas (probably alone)?

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Does anyone have any experience of spending Christmas in their year abroad destination, and have any tips, please? I'm thinking of staying in Italy over Christmas but I'm a bit worried, because I'll be alone, and it'll be my first Christmas away from my family, and the UK! If anyone has any advice or experience to share, thank you.

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 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...

Is there support from universities abroad in regards to mental and emotional health?

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i am going abroad in September and I am worried because I get very homesick, I have hypothyroidism and depression and I'm quite anxious about the year abroad experience.