Where can you go on the year abroad?
Everyone has their own goals and objectives for their year abroad so it’s important to keep them in mind when deciding where to spend your year abroad. There are many factors to consider but the decision is ultimately yours!
As a language student you can go to a country which speaks the language you’re learning. Don’t think for a moment that you’re confined to France, Spain or Germany. You can go to any country where your language is spoken!
Depending on your university and how many languages you study, your year abroad may be split. For people studying two languages, sometimes one semester is spent in each country. If your university requires you to spend the whole year in just one of your language countries then it’s advisable to spend the summer before or after in the country of your other language just so you don’t forget all of it!
There are some things that may be worth considering before you make the final decision:
- Temperature - If you feel the cold, then Northern Canada at -30° in winter might not be the place for you. Likewise, if you don’t like to tan much, somewhere really hot might not be the best choice either.
- Distance from home - Although at the start heading back home may be the last thing on your mind, it’s worth thinking about how far/expensive/hard it is to get back. At times like Christmas and important family occasions you may want to be able to get home easily.
- Language - Of course, if you go abroad you’re bound to learn the language, but this is harder in some places than others. For example, if you go to a large city like Paris, you’re much more likely to hear and meet English speaking people than if you go to a small town in the French Alps. People love to practise their English so be firm and insist they speak to you in your target language whether it’s a teacher, shopkeeper or fellow student.
- Size - If you’re not used to the hustle and bustle of a large city, then going to one on your year abroad might be a tad daunting. Downsizing can be strange too, so do some research and see what suits you best.