“I never abandoned my study abroad journey; it is with me whenever I rise to a new challenge.”, UEA alumni and Study Abroad Administrator Grace on working as a British Council Teaching Assistant.

My study abroad journey began, unknowingly at the time, as an eighteen year old au pair, when I spent the summer in Buxy, a quaint, chocolate-box village surrounded by the infamous French vineyards of Burgundy. I enjoyed the fresh taste of independence as an au pair, along with the rural French lifestyle, where mobile phone signal was a mysterious, unknown entity. Unintentionally sowing the seeds … Continue reading “I never abandoned my study abroad journey; it is with me whenever I rise to a new challenge.”, UEA alumni and Study Abroad Administrator Grace on working as a British Council Teaching Assistant.

“A side dish of grasshoppers” – student Khalea offers some tips (but not advice!) on getting the most out of your time abroad.

One of the most important lessons I will take with me from my year abroad is to express thoughts and feelings in first person singular in order to avoid generalisations and speaking for others. So, I can’t tell you what specific challenges you will face or give concrete advice on how to deal with them, nor can I list the ways in which your life … Continue reading “A side dish of grasshoppers” – student Khalea offers some tips (but not advice!) on getting the most out of your time abroad.

“The only thing that surprised me about Erasmus and working abroad was that I actually managed to do it!” – UEA alumni Sam reflects on his time in Belgium as an Erasmus Graduate Intern.

I did an Erasmus Graduate Internship at the European Food Information Resource in Belgium in 2015 – 16. This was just after graduating from my Biological Sciences undergraduate degree at UEA. I was a policy and communications intern for a science research organisation which worked on EU-funded projects. During this time I learned a lot about EU policy and science communication, building on my science … Continue reading “The only thing that surprised me about Erasmus and working abroad was that I actually managed to do it!” – UEA alumni Sam reflects on his time in Belgium as an Erasmus Graduate Intern.

“The opportunity to spend a year of my life in another country, being able to earn money and travel? It sounded like a very good idea.” Alex on his British Council Language Assistantship in Chile

My name is Alex and I recently graduated from UEA with a BA in Spanish. Having spent most of my final year at university trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life, I discovered that I could apply to take part in the British Council Language Assistants Programme (despite it being a more common option for people on their year abroad). Although … Continue reading “The opportunity to spend a year of my life in another country, being able to earn money and travel? It sounded like a very good idea.” Alex on his British Council Language Assistantship in Chile

“I love it in Brussels, and I’m so grateful to UEA for giving me the experience I had on my year abroad!” Amy Jayne on moving back to her study abroad destination after graduating from UEA

The period following graduation is one no-one really prepares you for, regardless of how many job fairs or events you attend in your final weeks at university. After being assailed by daily emails from graduate recruiters desperate for my ‘language degree’ (read: communication skills and degree in general) for a cold-calling sales position, I began to lose hope. After a very successful year abroad, I … Continue reading “I love it in Brussels, and I’m so grateful to UEA for giving me the experience I had on my year abroad!” Amy Jayne on moving back to her study abroad destination after graduating from UEA

“I have gained confidence in my abilities and built an international network” Olivia on Erasmus + and opportunities in France

Once you have an idea about what you want to do, you can then ask for directions on how to get there. I had a rough plan for myself post-graduation, but I realised that it would be most beneficial to make use of the fantastic careers resources on offer at UEA, before I finished my degree. Knowing that many students before me had followed the … Continue reading “I have gained confidence in my abilities and built an international network” Olivia on Erasmus + and opportunities in France