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Joanne Cornish – Facing and overcoming challenges during the Year Abroad!

Grüezi mitenand!

I’ve been living and working in Lörrach (south-west Germany) for nearly 7 months now and I can scarcely believe it, it has flown by so quickly! Naturally, with a specific work placement, there was always going to be plenty to learn, but it’s helpful to look back at the experience in general and pick out a few things which undertaking a Year Abroad has improved.…

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Mati’s first month in Austria – Matilde Ercolani

Hello everybody,

Here I am in the capital of Austria for just over a month!

It is incredible how life can change in so little time, but this is probably what all of us will experience during our residence abroad: new country, new knowledge! In this blog entry, I will let you know a bit about my life here in Vienna, hoping that this will help you understand what could be the developments and challenges that you might too have to experience.…

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Introducing Matilde Ercolani, studying in Vienna for her Year Abroad!

Hi Everyone,

It’s me, Matilde!

…Yes, I am Italian like super Mario: Luckily I don’t have to survive Bowser’s forces, only my year abroad in VIENNA as an Erasmus student!

So, to tell you more about myself, I am 21 years old and travelling is my passion: when I finished high school in Genoa (my native town) I took a gap year to Australia, where I decided to come to study in England.…

Introducing Joanne Cornish, working in Lörrach for her Year Abroad!


I’m a Southampton Humanities student studying German and History (also dabbling a little in Arabic) and preparing to travel 850km to my Year Abroad destination in Lörrach, south-west Germany.

Although the majority of students on their Year Abroad tend to opt for studying or working as a British Council language assistant, I’ve decided to go down the third route of finding myself a work placement.…