About Ethan R Wilkinson

Ethan R Wilkinson

Joined: Aug 12th 2014

Questions Asked: 1

Answers Given: 18


I have just returned from my ERASMUS year abroad: I studied at the University of Valencia in Spain and did an internship with an Italian NGO in Milan. I went abroad with my wife (also a Cardiff University student) and we had a (planned) baby born in Valencia! You can read about my travels at ethanrwilkinson.com

Ethan R Wilkinson's Questions (1)

Where are these graduate jobs for graduate linguists?

I am in my fourth and final year of my degree (Politics, Italian and Spanish). I did an ERASMUS year abroad last year and I am now looking for graduate jobs. In the media we see all of the time that graduate linguists are in demand. Well, for graduates that aren't considering teaching,...

Nov 18th 2014, 10:20 | 3 answers
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Ethan R Wilkinson's Answers (18)

Do people ever take their partner on a year abroad?

My wife and I have just got back from our year abroad in Spain and Italy! We got married in our second year of university (she is a fellow student at Cardiff University) and she had decided that she would take an interruption of studies and come with me. She doesn't study languages; she did a...

Aug 11th 2014, 15:04 | 2 answers

How does the year abroad work for mature students with family?

I am a mature student (although maybe not as mature as yourself) and I have just got back from my year abroad in Spain and Italy with my wife and 9 month old son (who was born in Spain on the year abroad!)My wife (also a student) accompanied me and didn't speak either Spanish or Italian,...

Jul 24th 2014, 16:50 | 2 answers

Are currency cards beneficial on a year abroad?

I used the Caxton FX card on my year abroad and it was amazing. They also have apps that you can download so you can top up from your phone! It's very convenient and was accepted everywhere: meaning I could also make online purchases from Amazon in Spain and Italy.The only thing that I didn't...

Aug 8th 2014, 15:41 | 5 answers

What is the best option in terms of mobile phone contracts in Spain?

I agree. I used Orange the ballena PAYG tariff! You can top up your phone from most ATMs with Orange too which was pretty handy.

Aug 12th 2014, 8:33 | 4 answers

What is the best way to find accommodation in Spain?

As I went with my wife, we wanted to sort accommodation out before we arrived. We actually ended up using www.airbnb.co.uk which is usually used for short-term city breaks and holidays etc, but occasionally you get people that rent out their places for longer terms.You pay a fee (unless you...

Jul 15th 2014, 18:09 | 5 answers

I am currently studying Spanish; where can I go for my year abroad?

I studied at the University of Valencia, in Spain. I loved it! It was just like being in Cardiff: the bilingualism, regional accents, food and drinks. It's quite a small, compact city on the beach. The weather is amazing! This is where it's NOT like Cardiff...It's really cheap, great places to...

Jul 15th 2014, 17:24 | 4 answers

Can I watch BBC iPlayer in Italy?

You could use a VPN service. It's totally legal and there are many websites offering free VPN connections (they also explain how to setup the ip address and server etc).Tunnel Bear is a very good website which offers 1GB free a month - very fast and reliable.

Aug 20th 2014, 8:09 | 5 answers

How do you watch BBC iPlayer/4od abroad?

You could use a VPN service. It's totally legal and there are many websites offering free VPN connections (they also explain how to setup the ip address and server etc).Tunnel Bear is a very good website which offers 1GB free a month - very fast and reliable.

Aug 9th 2014, 18:22 | 12 answers

What are the best ways to find an internship?

When I decided I didn't want to continue with my place at La Università degli Studi di Milano, I started looking for internships but had no idea where to look. You need to know which sector you want to work in; for me, I wanted something at a political organisation/institution/think tank/NGO....

Aug 11th 2014, 14:42 | 4 answers

What are the most common year abroad myths?

My wife came with me on my year abroad and she was pregnant and would be giving birth in Spain. Before we left family and friends would pass us articles from British newspapers and websites, such as the Daily Mail and the like, detailing how atrocious the Spanish healthcare system was and how...

Sep 5th 2014, 13:25 | 1 answer

Has anybody had experience of applying for the Travel Grant with Student Finance?

I have to admit that I was very surprised with how quickly they processed my application and paid me.I called them to make sure that I was eligible and what was covered e.g. I went abroad with my wife and we had a baby abroad (that's another story, for another day!) so I wanted to know if the...

Sep 14th 2014, 21:26 | 4 answers

Are there any good careers websites/jobs boards that people can recommend?

I would recommend that in addition to searching for job listing websites, that you also take the time to develop your own connections and networks (both digitally and physically). Make sure that you have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile! Make sure that you have a EuroPass CV and look up CV format...

Sep 8th 2014, 14:01 | 1 answer

Would you recommend Third Year Abroad at Valencia University? and what modules can you study there?

Hello!I did 1 semester at the University of Valencia (this time last year actually - oh how I miss it!). I absolutely loved my time in Valencia! As (Spanish) universities go, it is extremely well organised! Valencia is one of the top ERASMUS destinations so there are loads of ERASMUS students...

Oct 28th 2014, 10:30 | 1 answer

Does anyone have an experience with Stanboo?

I went to Valencia on my year abroad and I have never heard of them. Maybe do a Google search to see if you can find any reviews?

Nov 7th 2014, 9:06 | 1 answer

What are my options with regards to Mobile Phones when I go to Spain?

I was on 3 UK and I got them to unlock my iPhone before I went so that I would be able to choose any tariff when I went to Spain and Italy. So I took my British iPhone with me (unlocked) and I chose to go with Orange ES PAYG the Ballena tariff. For around €9 a month I got 1GB of data and cheap...

Nov 6th 2014, 12:11 | 2 answers

How should I go about finding accommodation?

I studied in Valencia, Spain and did an internship in Milan, Italy and for both cities I used www.airbnb.co.uk. Although AirBNB is primarily used for people wanting to find accommodation for holiday or short city breaks, there are hosts who accept long-term guests. In my situation I was able to...

Feb 7th 2015, 20:42 | 4 answers

University Halls or Private renting in Milan?

Hello!I did an internship in Milan this time last year. I went with my wife and young child so we decided to rent privately and we needed to sort something out before we arrived.We decided to use AirBNB which is usually used for holidays or short city breaks. However there are hosts that look...

Mar 15th 2015, 15:51 | 2 answers

Can you shop for reasonably priced food in Milan?

I lived in Milan this time last year (and I lived there for a bit before I started my degree) so I know the supermarkets pretty well!Carrefour is very expensive. The best supermarket to shop at is Penny Market. They are amazing! Make sure you get one of their Penny Cards (in the supermarket some...

Jan 20th 2015, 13:50 | 2 answers

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