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What is it really like to study abroad?

Hilary Lynch, the Euroguidance Co-ordinator reports about the Euroguidance Ireland Centre Pilot Blog Project.

To illustrate what it’s really like to study abroad--warts and all!--the Euroguidance Ireland Centre recently embarked on a Pilot Blog Project. Two students, Claire and Seán, travelled to Paderborn, Germany and Montpellier, France respectively to study for a year as part of their undergraduate programmes in DCU, Dublin. From there they reported back to us on all aspects of studying abroad from homesickness to meeting new friends to how precious Irish tea bags become!   
 

Our two students produced videos and webcam diaries, and kept us up to date with photos and blogs. As the PiIot Phase of the project has been very successful, Euroguidance Ireland has plans to extend the project into 2014 - watch this space!
 

Check it out at: http://blog.euroguidance.ie/  
 

Claire says: 'Settling into Paderborn has been an unbelievable experience. As I have said this is a small city in Germany but one I love to be part of! I am here now two months and it really feels like home. College began two weeks ago and so it isn’t too stressful yet.'

Seán says: Settling in here in Montpellier has been a tough but very rewarding challenge over the past 8 weeks. While I’m loving every second of being here, France is endlessly different to Ireland!!

Life both in and outside of college is a massive change from home. 
 

The euro​|​guidance network is a co-operation of over 65 Centres throughout 31 European countries. The network aims to support the guidance community in promoting European mobility and the European dimension within education and training through the provision of quality information and exchange of best practice. Euroguidance Ireland at the National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) coordinates Euroguidance activities in the education sector.​ See www.euroguidance.ie