Hi, my name is Hannah. I’m an undergraduate student at UoL, studying BA French and Spanish. In September, I will be embarking on my year abroad which will take me to Salamanca in Spain and Pau in the south of France. Feel free to get in touch and ask me any questions that you might have about the year abroad, the Modern Languages Department, university in general or life in Leicester.
The Erasmus Student Network is an organisation that I hadn’t heard of before arriving at my first placement in Salamanca, though I soon realised that they had a pretty prominent presence there. ESN is a non-profit student organisation with members across Europe, consisting of 528 stations in forty different countries. (For a full list […]
One of my first posts as a student blogger was a question and answer session based around the year abroad, which can be found here. Now that I’ve completed my time in both France and Spain, I thought I’d repeat those questions, considering my experiences.
We’ve all found ourselves in the position over the long summer holiday where we’ve just run out of things to do. The initial crazy rush of trying to catch up with everyone is over and now seeing friends is complicated by the fact that most of us have gotten summer jobs to fund next […]
A lot of students use the summer holidays to either earn some money or to gain experience in fields relevant to their studies or the profession they’re looking to pursue after university. In some cases, this means going back to a job they held previously, something that I have done for the past few […]
Every summer, I’m faced with the same dilemma: How to practice my languages during the four month break so I don’t forget everything that I’ve learnt during the year. This summer, that question is even more pressing as I’m going back to final year, which is worth 80% of my overall grade. As a […]
For those of you who are in the process of sitting your A Levels, a lot of emphasis is placed on what the next step will be. For most of you, that will be university. While university was always going to be the next step in my plan, I decided pretty early on in […]
These days, it’s common practice in universities to use first year as a transition year, meaning that the grades will not count towards your final degree classification. For many freshers, this encourages the notion that first year doesn’t matter and that they can rest on their laurels a little. However, I believe that first […]
A couple of weeks ago, I went on a university run trip into the mountains. This was my first experience of mountain hiking and, while it was certainly intense, it was one of the best experiences of my year abroad and I highly recommend it to anyone considering Pau as their year abroad destination […]
I finished exams this week, marking the official end of my year abroad, even though I’m planning on hanging around here for a couple of weeks to make the most of the sunshine! I’ve spent the last two days lazing around, catching up on all the reading, TV programmes and sleep that I missed […]
This week I visited Bordeaux; a city known for its wine (though I unfortunately didn’t have time to indulge in any while I was there). Two and a half hours from Pau, it’s perhaps the best-known city in this part of the country and for good reason. The city hosts its fair share of […]