I think the year abroad is really good for networking, as you meet so many people from all walks of life. Also, my communication skills and confidence have improved dramatically, which are vital skills for both my future career and general day-to-day life.
More about Emily
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“I chose NTU after visiting the open day. I loved the atmosphere on campus, and I was really impressed by how modern and efficient the university is.”
What do you enjoy most about your course?
“My favourite thing about studying languages is how varied the courses are. We don’t just study the language from a grammatical aspect, we cover everything from politics, to books and films; all to gain a better understanding of each country’s culture and history.”
Has the course included any study trips or guest speakers?
“In my second year, the Moroccan writer Abdellah Taïa came to give a lecture at NTU, which was really useful as he is one of the authors we cover in our final year module.”
What do you think about the course staff?
“All of the language staff are really helpful and approachable. It’s also great that language courses generally have smaller class sizes, so the teaching is more personalised.”
What do you think about the University facilities?
“There is a designated room for language students called the LRC, where there are lots of grammar books, foreign dictionaries and foreign films to choose from to aid your learning. The Clifton Campus is completely renovated and has so many facilities available to the students, from the brand new canteen to the employability team based in the Pavilion.”
Have you completed any work placements?
“During my year abroad, I completed a six-month work placement in one of Paris’ largest hostels. The experience really improved my confidence when speaking a foreign language, and gave me an insight into working life in another country.”
In a nutshell, why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study BA (Hons) French and Italian?
“I think studying languages really broadens your job prospects and the courses offered at NTU are taught well, and are eclectic and interesting for everybody.”
What has been your biggest achievement at NTU so far?
“My biggest achievement is completing my year abroad, as it was such an amazing experience, and helped to prepare me for future challenges.”
Can you please tell us more about your exchange to France and Italy?
“I spent the first six months in Italy studying at Università degli Studi di Verona, and the other half of the year working at a hostel In Paris. I really enjoyed being able to experience a different way of life and gain a deeper understanding of the country’s history and culture. It was also great meeting lots of other students from all over the world and sharing this adventure with them.”
What skills have you gained from this experience, and how will these skills enhance your employability for your chosen career?
“I think the year abroad is really good for networking, as you meet so many people from all walks of life. Also, my communication skills and confidence have improved dramatically, which are vital skills for both my future career and general day-to-day life.”
What advice would you give to future exchange students?
If you’re hesitant about doing the year abroad, just do it! It’s such a great opportunity, which we are so lucky to have the chance to do with the support of NTU. Going on exchange really helps you develop both personally and professionally. The skills and experiences you gain from your time abroad are invaluable.”
Can you tell us about the type of support you got?
“There is a lot of help available if you need it, both from NTU and the University in Verona. In regards to finances, you receive your normal student loan and an Erasmus grant. The rent is often cheaper abroad so you have more disposable income. The University in Verona helped a lot with accommodation as they have a designated office there to help international students find apartments.”