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Do you need both an EHIC and a Carte Vitale for a year abroad in France?

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French red tape is confusing me! Please help!

Which universities offer study abroad programmes in New York?

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I've had my heart set on studying in New York for a long time, but a full 3/4 year course is too expensive. I instead hope to spend a year in NY, making connections and gaining experience that will allow me to find work there once I have completed my degree. I'm specifically looking for English/Journalism programmes at any UK uni, that offer the chance to spend a year in New York. Any information would be much appreciated.

How do you keep up your language skills back home?

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Wondering what people's top tips for keeping up their different languages once they get home are? Especially if they have more than one? I feel I learn one, then forget it again. Advice and tips welcome!

Can I study abroad when I don't study a language?

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I study Geography and want to study abroad.

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.

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?

Has a rep. from your uni (tutor, study abroad advisor, etc) visited you on your year abroad? If so, did it make a difference?

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We're interested to know how many universities visit their year abroad students and whether it makes a difference to your mental health abroad. If you didn't receive a visit, would you have liked one?

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?

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?

BC Language Assistant in either Argentina or Chile?

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I wish to work as an LA in either Argentina or Chile next year but can't decide which to do. Argentina is a max of 6 months, Chile is 10 months. I'm worried it will be more expensive in Chile, the Spanish too difficult to learn from Castellano and I may not like it, also the flight prices and pollution in Santiago cause me some concern. Has anyone got any useful advice or experiences they can share please?

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.

Can anyone recommend a paid language assistant scheme in Spain or South America that is 3-6 months in length?

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Only schemes I have found so far (e.g. British Council) have been full school years (8-10 months), looking for something between 3-6 months due to work commitments.