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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?

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.

Will I get a maintenance loan on my year abroad?

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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?

How do I claim back healthcare costs in France?

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I had to have a blood test for a long and complicated reason which I won't go into now but it ended up costing me €68! I know that the French healthcare system reimburses people around 70% of the costs but am I also eligible even though I am not French? Also I don't have French health insurance, just the year abroad insurance I took out before I came here, can I claim on that instead? On my policy it seems to say I can but not until I'm back in the UK permanently. Also at the clinic they asked for a 'carte vitale' which I don't have, but on one of the websites I looked at it said that my EHIC card is an equivalent of a carte vitale, so can I use this to claim back the cost? This is so so confusing and really not what I need right now. I actually miss the NHS!

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!

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! :)

University Halls or Private renting in Milan?

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Hi all, I'm flying out to the Università di Milano in September and I'm really struggling to decide between university accommodation or finding a shared flat. I tink I'm more comfortable with the idea of university accommodation, but I've spoken to my Italian teach (originally from Turin) who said that the majority of Italian students tend not to stay with the university. I'd just like some advice from anyone who has lived/studied in Milan or Italy in general as it's coming to the time I have to start looking and making decisions. If you do think private/shared rental is best, how did you go about finding your accommodation? Thanks, Megan :)

What can you tell me about doing a Masters in Spain?

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I did a degree in English and Spanish and am considering doing a Masters course in Spain. Does anyone know how much it costs to do an MA in Spain and what the requirements are for Brits to study there? I'm interested in gender and international relations courses.

How long does it take for British Council language assistants to find out their assigned schools?

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I have been told that my placement will be in the Madrid area, but I haven't heard about the school I've been placed in. I am getting really anxious about making arrangements for accommodation etc. and not knowing is putting me on edge! Does anyone know when is the latest that you can find out?

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...

Has anyone worked for PGL before? Or know anyone that has?

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Hello! I have graduated in June. I am looking at language based roles with PGL. Has anyone or does anyone know anyone that has worked for this company before? Thanks.

Writing a French and/or Italian CV?

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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?