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Bogi Szabo Bogi Szabo, Aug 21st 2014, 09:25

I would not have liked a visit from my home uni. I think it would have felt like uni was interfering too much - students on their year abroad are supposed to be learning to be independent, and a staff member coming to visit is far too much like work experience at school when you're 16!

I think the support channels should be there, if the student needs them, with contact available over telephone and email. But if the student is happy, I don't think the university needs to visit them.

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Fraser Bowen Fraser Bowen, Aug 22nd 2014, 20:57

I know someone who had an awkward coffee with a lecturer from home! Sounded super weird and uncomfortable to me. This is what skype is for, or better, email

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Lauren Stevens Lauren Stevens, Sep 15th 2014, 12:03

I would have actually liked it because I felt really isolated during my first few months and my host organisation wasn't very supportive. It seemed like most of the Spanish department students on their year abroad from my university got a visit except me (probably because I was in Melilla, a Spanish territory on the north coast of Africa)! However, I did get a Skype call. From the antics I'd heard about from my friends, it did seem like a bit of a waste of university funds. 

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