Having grown up on the small island of Mauritius and a small town in England, I chose to come to Leeds to experience living in a city.
I have always enjoyed studying English and languages so I chose to read Law, a subject which demands a good grasp of the English language. Likewise, I was determined to keep developing my French language skills and learn more about the French culture.
Four years on, I have had some truly unforgettable experiences and made friends from all over the world.
My year abroad studying French Law at Université Jean Moulin in Lyon was undoubtedly the highlight of my degree.
Not only did I experience at first-hand the French civil law system but I also had the opportunity to immerse myself in the French way of life. I had some fantastic experiences as an Erasmus student.
It is safe to say that my initial apprehensions about moving to another country were quickly dispelled within days of moving into my accommodation. I chose to live in a residence recommended by the University and through the different soirées I made some great friends, some French but mostly from all over the world. I also took the opportunity to travel as Lyon is perfectly located for travelling across Europe.
The teaching method in France differs considerably from that in the UK, firstly lectures last three hours and much of the teaching is in form of dictations and note taking.
It takes a while to get used to it all. However, most problems are easily solved by humbly asking for help and taking an open minded approach to the lectures and seminars.
I would recommend others to take a year abroad as it has hugely improved my confidence in my language and communication skills. Moreover, it has fuelled my desire to work for a European law firm or an international organisation.
For these reasons and much more, I consider my year abroad as an exceptionally character building and a truly inspiring experience.