My year abroad was an integral part of my degree, (Law and French), and was the part I was most looking forward to; it didn’t disappoint!
I went to a beautiful city called Nancy in the north-east of France and studied French Law at the university there. The lectures were all in French and, although this was difficult to start with, by the end of the first term it posed no problem.
By studying at the university I met a lot of other students of all different nationalities including, for example, Italian, Spanish, and Belgian. All the ERASMUS students bonded really well and I have since been back to several countries to meet up with friends from last year.
For me the most enjoyable part of the year abroad was mixing with all the different cultures, especially learning a lot more about the French culture and becoming fluent in French. We made friends with the local baker across the road who definitely helped us enjoy the culture with the free pastries and wine he gave us!
In Nancy there was always something going on either in the main square or throughout the whole city, for example a jazz festival that lasted for several weeks across many different venues, or celebrations for days of national importance.
Being only an hour and a half on the train from Paris we also enjoyed several weekends there, I also had a very memorable weekend in Strasbourg for its famous Christmas market and throughout the winter we had several weekends skiing in the mountain range that was only an hour and a half away on the train!
The whole experience taught me to be a lot more independent and it also gave me a lot more confidence. Furthermore it made me realise how much foreign students in Leeds would appreciate any help people give to them either with the language, their studies, or socialising with other English students.
I would recommend doing a year abroad to absolutely everyone. It was by far the best year of my degree and was an extremely rewarding experience. You will meet some amazing people and have fantastic experiences you will never forget.