How to make the most of your study abroad experience

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Find out how to make the most of your opportunity to study or work abroad during your degree course - advice and tips from the team at ThirdYearAbroad.com.

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How to make the most of your study abroad experience

  1. 1. <ul><li>Making the Most of Your Year Abroad </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Here are some successful year abroader case studies… </li></ul><ul><li>You have the whole world in your hands! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Mary-Jess Leaverland, Chinese and Music BA, University of Sheffield Mary-Jess won Chinese X-Factor in December 2009 during her year abroad in Nanjing!  She agrees that the year abroad is amazing!
  4. 4. Matthew Raymond Barker, French and Spanish MA, Bath University Matthew won French X-Factor in June 2011 during his year abroad at the University of Toulouse! If these guys can do it, so can you! But on a more serious note…
  5. 5. <ul><li>Self-sufficient </li></ul><ul><li>Independent </li></ul><ul><li>Self-motivated </li></ul><ul><li>Ambitious </li></ul><ul><li>Happy </li></ul><ul><li>Focused </li></ul><ul><li>Inspired </li></ul>We want the Year Abroad to make you:
  6. 6. Who are we? Introducing ThirdYearAbroad.com…
  7. 7. But where should you go?!
  8. 8. <ul><li>Research your destination so you know what to expect. </li></ul><ul><li>Accents and dialects </li></ul><ul><li>Festivals and traditions </li></ul><ul><li>Cheapest travel </li></ul><ul><li>Uni societies + courses </li></ul><ul><li>Discount cards </li></ul><ul><li>Student sites </li></ul><ul><li>Research with the help of: </li></ul><ul><li>TYA city guides, Mole Diaries + reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Guidebooks </li></ul><ul><li>Google! </li></ul><ul><li>A quick visit out there </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>The top 10 tried-and-tested ways to make the most of your year abroad </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Live with locals </li></ul>2. Try new food 3. Vocab boost
  11. 11. <ul><li>3. Year Abroad Language Boost </li></ul>
  12. 12. WordReference.com The best online language reference website for students.
  13. 13. Multimedia language support websites and other resources.
  14. 14. 4. Get a bicycle 5. Take courses & classes 6. English-speaking opportunities
  15. 15. 7. Discover your city 8. Document your year 9. Travel and road trips 10. Invite home friends to visit – showing off your new city makes you explore and truly appreciate where you live.
  16. 16. <ul><li>Travel, Exploring & Road Trips </li></ul>
  17. 17. Joobili.com: discover world events by date
  18. 18. WhatsOnWhen.com: discover events by keyword, location or category
  19. 19. <ul><li>Summer holidays before and after your year abroad </li></ul><ul><li>Au pairing </li></ul><ul><li>Language courses </li></ul><ul><li>GoLearnTo </li></ul><ul><li>Work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Internships </li></ul><ul><li>Festivals </li></ul><ul><li>Bars/restaurants </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Travelling/inter-railing </li></ul><ul><li>If you’re worried about homesickness, travel with a friend before your YA </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Fitting in and avoiding the Year Abroad Blues </li></ul><ul><li>Say yes to new opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Take extra courses and classes of your hobbies </li></ul><ul><li>Keep busy! </li></ul><ul><li>Culture swap: you’re learning about theirs, teach them about yours! </li></ul><ul><li>Get out and about and explore: don’t stay in too close contact with home </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>If Emma Watson can do it, so can you! </li></ul><ul><li>(She’s currently on her year abroad at Oxford from Brown University in USA!) </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>fb.com /thirdyearabroad </li></ul><ul><li>twitter.com /thirdyearabroad </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Thank you so much  All of this information and more can be found on ThirdYearAbroad.com See you there!

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