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    i arrived a week ago for an erasmus placement in Italy. So far I am very very homesick and not really enjoying it, im finding it hard to relax and make friends, and my italian is very poor even though i study it at home. I feel like it will not be beneficial to me as I am probably going to fail here. I miss home and did not really want to leave in the first place anyway. what shall i do? the only thing im looking forward to is going home
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    (Original post by prettyprincess16)
    i arrived a week ago for an erasmus placement in Italy. So far I am very very homesick and not really enjoying it, im finding it hard to relax and make friends, and my italian is very poor even though i study it at home. I feel like it will not be beneficial to me as I am probably going to fail here. I miss home and did not really want to leave in the first place anyway. what shall i do? the only thing im looking forward to is going home
    I think everyone feels like that! I've been on my Erasmus placement in France for a month now and things have definitely improved from the first week. Are there any other Erasmus people living nearby? Try making friends with them - it's easy because everyone is in the same boat and will be friends with everyone. I feel like my French is poor and can't see it improving but after a year I'm sure I will notice the difference when I go back to uni in England. Try and get out and about to museums and cafes and churches, even if it's on your own. Good luck!
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    i have a bf back home which i think makes it worse im living with some erasmus students but others i have dont seem to want to include me however hard i try..
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    if i drop out of the year abroad is that it for my degree?
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    (Original post by prettyprincess16)
    i have a bf back home which i think makes it worse im living with some erasmus students but others i have dont seem to want to include me however hard i try..
    Me too I know how much you must miss him.

    Just go along to everything until people recognise you as one of the group. Try and find out when everything is and just turn up. Is there a Facebook group for people in your area? We have one and everything gets arranged through there.
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    (Original post by prettyprincess16)
    if i drop out of the year abroad is that it for my degree?
    I would guess so. Year Abroad is compulsary for most language degrees. Talk to your Year Abroad coordinator at your home uni and see what your options are.
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    i hope the situation does get better. I just feel this year is a waste of time because so far i have only mixed with english students and not been to a lecture as the organisation of the uni is terrible...
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    Hey, I'm kind of in the same situation as you. I'm staying in Beijing for five months as part of my year abroad, don't speak a lot of Chinese and found that after about a week here the homesickness was really starting to kick in. I felt so far away from everyone and everything I knew, especially due to the cultural differences between the UK and China. However I found as time went by things got better (I've been here a month now) and I think the best thing to do is to keep yourself occupied and to spend time with people and not shut yourself away.

    I also have a boyfriend back home who I really miss but instead of thinking about it in a negative way, I try and think that at least I always have somebody who wants to talk to me on Skype and stuff!

    Good luck, just grit your teeth and stick it out for the mean time and in time you'll hopefully find that you start to enjoy it.
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    (Original post by prettyprincess16)
    i hope the situation does get better. I just feel this year is a waste of time because so far i have only mixed with english students and not been to a lecture as the organisation of the uni is terrible...
    It will! I feel the same thing because my best friends are English and Irish and all the Erasmus people speak English anyway. Keep on socialising with the English people as they will make you feel so much better and socialising with Italian people will come in time. And I think everyone at a European uni will sympathise with you over the lack of organisation! Go and pester the admin staff to let you know what's going on - that will keep you occupied for a couple of hours!

    Also, there is a thread called The 2010/11 Year Abroad Chat which you can join and share your woes with everyone else. I think you will find a lot of sympathy there.
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    I am an Erasmus student in France, I am 5 weeks into it and feeling so unbelievably down and i don't even know why. I am starting to think about going back to the UK and doing my 2nd semester there, but worried I will regret it. Any thoughts?
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    Hey,
    Im also away from my boyfriend and missing him loads. I just worry he will get bored of waiting and to be honest I do feel like im keeping him from his life. Maybe he deserves someone whos always there and someone he can take out whenever he feels like
    Anyway.. my year isn't compulsory but I know it will improve my chances of getting a better degree classification and then a job.
    Just keep telling yourselves it will all be worth it in the long run chins up!
 
 
 

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