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The French bureaucratic nightmare: Death By 1000 (Paper)cuts

About a month ago, I was lucky enough to escape drizzly England to the land of baguettes and croissants, otherwise known as France. For this year, I will be living in Paris as part of my year abroad, and my time so far has been just the dream you could expect from living in the […]

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Frustrated students anticipate new details on their year abroad

As the end of term approaches in Edinburgh, most students are harassing letting agents in search of the perfect flat for next year; their biggest worry is if pubs will be open when they return. For many 2nd years, however, there is an even bigger question mark hanging over the next year; where in the […]

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A letter to my pre-pandemic self

Dear past me, Stop whatever you’re doing right now and buy stocks in zoom…I know you don’t know what that it is yet, but trust me, you will be best friends with it by the end of the year.  Remember how you always said you wished to live through an important historical moment? Well, buckle […]

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Erasmus+, worth all the fuss?

The surprise withdrawal of the UK from the Erasmus+ international exchange programme was one of the most unlikely and disappointing revelations of the post-Brexit trade deal. In an attempt to quash the devastation of many students and university staff, the UK government loudly and proudly proposed their shiny new Turing Scheme. This empty new proposal […]

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Parisian patisseries and unforgettable baguettes

New Yorker journalist A.J. Liebling remarked that “there would come a time, when, if I had compared my life to cake, the sojourns in Paris would have presented the chocolate filling. The intervening layers were plain sponge”. Fifty-three days into lockdown in my teeny flat in the troisième, I finally understood what he meant. Being […]

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Studying abroad: a student’s experience living and studying in the Netherlands

This time two years ago, I was sick to my stomach with nerves and anxiety as I agonised over and over again about whether I should go abroad for my third year. This time last year, I was riding bikes through the Dutch streets with my friends, heading out to celebrate a recent essay submission. […]

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University guarantees funding amid study abroad Brexit uncertainty

Students required to complete a European year abroad have had their funding assured by the University of Edinburgh. Funding is currently provided by the European Union’s (EU) Erasmus Programme, with the current programme ending in December 2020. The university now guarantees Languages and Cultures undergraduates starting in 2018 and 2019 will have the same level […]

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Theatre

Theatre on your year abroad

“A year abroad is the best year of your university career.” Everyone who studies a modern language has most definitely heard this statement again and again from members of your university department and returning students. However, nobody seems to acknowledge the difficulties that come with moving to an entirely new country and environment all alone. […]