About Florence Robson

Florence Robson

Joined: Jul 14th 2014

Questions Asked: 9

Answers Given: 14

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Spanish speaker, 'gin tonic' enthusiast and Editor at Third Year Abroad!

Florence Robson's Questions (9)

What are people's experiences of au pairing?

I have recently graduated and - as I love working with kids and enjoyed my experience as a language assistant on my year abroad - I am considering seeking out au pairing work in Spain in the near future in order to perfect my spoken Spanish. However, I have heard a few horror stories from au...

Aug 13th 2014, 13:58 | 2 answers

What can you tell me about doing a Masters in Spain?

I did a degree in English and Spanish and am considering doing a Masters course in Spain. Does anyone know how much it costs to do an MA in Spain and what the requirements are for Brits to study there? I'm interested in gender and international relations courses.

Aug 14th 2014, 10:17 | 2 answers

What are your five year abroad essentials?

Excluding official documents like passport/EHIC/Insurance, what are the five items that everyone should take with them on a year abroad?

Aug 14th 2014, 10:49 | 7 answers

What are the most common year abroad myths?

We all know that people are full of misconceptions about the year abroad. What are the most common/funniest/strangest myths you've come across?

Sep 5th 2014, 13:25 | 1 answer

What's the best thing your uni's Erasmus Society has done or organised?

We're looking for the most original, helpful and fun ideas!

Dec 1st 2014, 13:20 | 1 answer

What job have you done to help you learn a language?

We've been contacted by a journalist looking for case studies of people who have travelled abroad to learn the language and got a job while they were out there to help them progress. Please share your stories here!

Jan 27th 2015, 11:49 | 1 answer

What career advice have you received from university staff?

Did the staff at your university (either tutors or members of the International/Study Abroad team) give you any useful advice on employability skills/your future career BEFORE you left for your year abroad?

May 19th 2015, 13:41 | 2 answers

What was the most useful piece of pre-departure advice you received from university staff?

Did your uni staff give you any useful advice before you left for your placement?

May 19th 2015, 13:43 | 1 answer

Florence Robson's Answers (14)

What is the best way to find accommodation in Spain?

I agree with Zoe's website recommendations - Idealista.com was definitely my favourite! However, don't panic if you can't find anything before you get to Spain. I found a flat on my first afternoon in Madrid by walking around the city and calling the numbers pinned onto lamp posts in the area I...

Jul 15th 2014, 18:09 | 5 answers

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

The most obvious answer to this question - for somewhere Spanish-speaking, relatively safe and inexpensive - is Spain! It may seem a bit dull compared to Latin America, but Spain itself is so diverse that it's anything but boring - and that's before you include the Balearic or Canary Islands....

Jul 15th 2014, 17:24 | 4 answers

Are there any good sites for finding a flat and/or flatmates in Spain?

You might want to have a look at this previous question. The answers recommend idealista.com, which I found to be a really useful flat hunting tool during my year abroad in Madrid! I think there is also a feature on the site where you can say that you are looking for Spanish flatmates. Good...

Aug 12th 2014, 11:46 | 2 answers

When you have a question about studying abroad, who are you most likely to ask and how? Your parents, your personal tutor, your friends or your university Study Abroad Office? And in person, via email or telephone, on social media or some other way?

Personally, I found that my tutor and uni study abroad office weren't much help in the lead up to my year abroad. We had one meeting where they mainly spoke about the British Council Language Assistantships, and then they left us to it! Everyone felt a little deserted. The only university reps...

Aug 12th 2014, 11:23 | 3 answers

On my year abroad in Spain, should I get a new Spanish nano-sim for my iPhone or just a new basic Spanish phone?

During my year abroad in Madrid, I kept my iPhone with an English SIM and bought the cheapest possible pay-as-you-go phone & SIM in Madrid. I used my iPhone whenever I was on wifi (at home or in cafes etc) and my Spanish phone to text my friends' Spanish numbers. I found this worked...

Aug 13th 2014, 9:45 | 3 answers

Studying in America August 2015 for a year- long distance relationship?

With the power of the internet, you can keep in contact for free and a message or a quick chat every day will really help to close the distance and will make you feel like you are still playing an active part in each other's lives. Real letters and parcels occasionally, especially as a surprise,...

Aug 12th 2014, 15:50 | 4 answers

How do you make your new apartment abroad homely with such a small luggage allowance?

When I first arrived, I bought a couple of newspapers and magazines and tore out any cool adverts/photos and just covered my walls with them, as well as photos from home that I'd bought. I then decided to create a 'year abroad' wall in my room. I bought postcards and city maps from every place I...

Aug 9th 2014, 14:48 | 5 answers

Has anyone had experience with living alone?

Hiya,I never planned to live on my own during my year abroad. I found a 2-bed flat with a friend from my UK uni and we lived together for the first couple of months that we were in Madrid, but she struggled to settle into life abroad and just after Christmas, I received an email from her saying...

Aug 30th 2014, 16:09 | 4 answers

Can someone help me with accommodation in Spain?

Hi Sam! I can't give you any advice specific to Seville but have you checked out this previous question/answers about accommodation in Spain? The answers mention websites such as Fotocasa, Easy Piso, Mil Anuncios and Idealista, all of which are really helpful (although Idealista was my personal...

Dec 12th 2014, 11:29 | 1 answer

How can universities provide better intercultural skills training and coping strategies to outgoing students to make them more mindful of problems and how to make solutions on the YA?

Hi there,I think this is a really interesting idea with lots of potential. The only year abroad meeting I had during the academic year before I left was focused on the 'Whats' of a year abroad - what you're going to do there, what grants are available, etc. It would have been really useful to...

Jan 20th 2015, 14:56 | 3 answers

Do you need to get an NIE in Madrid?

Hiya,You can get a NIE for any area of Spain (for example, I got one for my year abroad in Madrid).It's not absolutely essential for you to get a NIE if you're only in Spain for a year or less, but you need one to open a resident's bank account. If you're going to be employed by a Spanish...

Aug 2nd 2015, 9:44 | 1 answer

Flat share or halls of residence in Spain?

Hiya,I shared a flat during my year abroad in Madrid and found it to be a fantastic way to get to know native speakers and integrate yourself into a local friendship group (a brilliant way of practicing your target language!). Halls can also be a fantastic experience, but universities usually...

Jul 22nd 2015, 19:38 | 1 answer

My employer in France wants a "numéro d'immatriculation pour la sécurité sociale"; what is this and how can I get one?

Hiya,I don't have any personal experience of this (my year abroad was in Spain), but I've done a little research for you and discovered this page on the French social security system.As you'll see, under the Employee section it implies that you don't actually need to be registered for a French...

Jan 20th 2015, 14:35 | 1 answer

How do you find existing teaching assistants in Madrid?

Hi there,I'm not sure if you mean teaching assistants who have just finished their year abroad, or teaching assistants who are just about to start!*If the former, the British Council are usually good at providing a list of contact details for former assistants (who are willing to be contacted)....

Aug 11th 2015, 23:33 | 1 answer

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