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How can I stop freezing whenever I speak French?

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Hello. Just to be clear I'm an upper sixth A level student doing French so my problem is slightly different to other people's. I absolutely love French but ever since I went to college I just get really nervous and clam up straight away if someone asks me something. This is causing me problems during French oral exams and I missed out on an A last year by 4 marks. The funny thing is I'm a drama student too so this shouldn't be a problem. I know French is something I want to do for the rest of my life and I just wondered if anyone on their year abroad had, or is going through the same thing. Thank you :)

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?

How would I go about finding an Erasmus+ work placement in Spain and Portugal?

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I've been told by my uni that I can study abroad in an Erasmus uni (one semester in Portugal/one semester in Spain) or work in each country in a work placement that I will find on my own!! How do I go about finding an Erasmus+ work placement in a city in Spain and Portugal - the year has to be split between the two?

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! :)

How do you tell if a friend has depression?

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I'm on a year abroad at the moment and I've got a group of friends here who are also on a year abroad. Most of us are having a great time but one is really miserable - she never wants to leave her flat, spends every evening on Skype with her family/boyfriend back home and is always crying. At first we thought it was just homesickness but she's been like this for months and almost didn't come back after Christmas. Is there something we should be doing??!

What should I do about mobile phones in France?

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I'm going to France for my year abroad soon and I was wondering what might be the best thing to do about getting a mobile out there. I have Skype for chatting to people back home, but if you want to text a lot or just need to call someone at home while you're out, is it best to use your english mobile or to buy one out there and use that? It's just that I can't see any way around it being very expensive either way. And how would you go about getting a mobile? The French equivalent of a Carphone Warehouse?

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.

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 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?

Any advice for living in a small town?

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I've been placed in Carnota in Galicia in Spain and whilst it looks like a beautiful town, it's incredibly small and seems to be in the middle of nowhere. I'm worried I won't meet other assistants or people my age and therefore become quite lonely when I'm not travelling to other parts of Spain. Anyone have any tips or advice about living in a very small town?

What is the best way to cope with homesickness on your year abroad?

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I was wondering how people deal with feeling homesick whilst they are on their year abroad.