Preparation

Let me tell you now, preparing to go abroad for the year abroad is one mean feat!

It is precisely one month and sixteen days till I am off to Graz, so I thought I would do a little post to update you on how things are progressing and how I am preparing for my big adventure!

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Yesterday I think I made one of the biggest steps! I finally plucked up the courage to book my flight! (Again not an easy task!) And after trawling through hundreds of different combinations of flights and all sorts of weird and wonderful transport prospects, including possible overnight train journeys, I’ve finally gone for the flight option which will take me to Vienna first and then on to Graz from there! (As it unfortunately wasn’t possible to get a direct flight unless I paid some crazy through the roof price…typical!) I found that the best website to use for finding flights was http://www.skyskanner.net as you could compare loads of different companies. Also if you are looking at train services I found this RailEurope – Voyages website useful too: http://uk.voyages-sncf.com/en/I’ve also booked a night at a hotel at the airport the night before leaving, as the flight leaves fairly early in the morning,  you can find lots of hotels near to the airport with cheap rooms if you book in advance (www.booking.com – best for comparing hotel prices) It will be nice to be know I am there, so there will be no stressing about being late etc. Saying that though, those of you who know me personally would probably say I was the type to say I was going to be late, even though I was at the gate hours before departure…

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Introduction

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My name is Katie and I am a student at Lancaster University, where I am studying for my BA German and Linguistics. In September 2014 I am off on my way to Graz in Austria to study for my Third Year Abroad! I will be studying at Karl-Franzens University in Graz, on an Erasmus+ scheme.

Whilst preparing for my year abroad, the most useful thing for me has been reading about other people’s experiences, so that has inspired me to document my own journey in hope of being able to help others.

Whether you are a student yourself, heading on a year abroad or not, I hope that you enjoy following me on my Austrian adventure!

 

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