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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?

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.

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.

Has anyone had experience with living alone?

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I'm considering getting a studio apartment and living alone on my year abroad, as I haven't had great experiences with flatmates and I really like to have my own space. Hopefully I will be motivated to join in with more things and make more effort to talk to people as I will really have no other choice. Does anyone have any advice?

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 :)

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...

What are people's experiences of au pairing?

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I have recently graduated and - as I love working with kids and enjoyed my experience as a language assistant on my year abroad - I am considering seeking out au pairing work in Spain in the near future in order to perfect my spoken Spanish. However, I have heard a few horror stories from au pairs in the past, such as feeling stuck with horrible families with bratty children or parents who keep rowing, which can lead to a sense of isolation. What have been people's experiences of working as an au pair? Do you recommend it?

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!

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.

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?