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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?

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?

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 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!

I am asthmatic - what's the best way for me to manage my prescriptions during my year abroad?

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I don't want to have to keep going to the doctors when I am away, but I also want to be safe obviously!

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?

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?

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.

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?

What is the best way to use a phone in Germany? Is there a German GiffGaff?

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If I were to move to Germany, which would be the best and cheapest way for me to use my old iPhone? Are there pay-as-you-go networks with Internet included like GiffGaff in the UK? I will probably have to continue paying my current phone contract so a cheap additional one I could get with a German SIM would be great.

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.