The year I spent studying in Toulouse, in the southwest of France, on the ERASMUS Year Abroad scheme was without a doubt the best experience of my life. I had known I wanted to spend one year of my university studies abroad since I applied during A Levels, but I never imagined just how great it would be.
I arrived expecting to improve my French, learn physics from a new perspective, and to experience living in a French city. On top of that, I met a great bunch of other students, not only English and French, but from all across Europe and from the rest of the world. I visited some beautiful cities in France and Spain, and I went on five days out skiing in the Pyrenees. Through my classes, my accommodation, the ERASMUS association events, and literally bumping into other British students and expats in the street, I made friends for life.
A year abroad is something I couldn't recommend highly enough. Whether you go to a country where you can speak a language you're learning or you go to an English-speaking country, you're sure to have many amazing experiences and meets lots of wonderful people.