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I am really stuck choosing between 2 courses I've had an offer for (both language/linguistics).

One is a 3 year course where I am required to spend the full 2nd year aboard (my choice being Japan or USA from the list) OR a 3yr course that doesn't have an option to go aboard and study. It might seem obvious but I am worried that if I pick the study abroad option I will come back 3rd year with little/no friends, since that course has about 10 choices for uni's to go to abroad I might not go with anybody from my class and I will have to start all over, including looking for somewhere to live.

But if I pick the straight 3 years in the UK I will build stronger friendships, which I want since my best friends are at uni, and I see them rarely and I only have friends from work rn. My friend (who is in 3rd year) is on a work placement in a different city that she went to uni in and says she rarely speaks to the friends she made there but has to move there in 17/18 for her final year.

I'm really stuck on which to choose since I have moved around abit and haven't had a decent close friendship since I was 17 (I'm 20 btw)... putting aside career goals (since the courses are the same) what would you choose?
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The year abroad, its an opporunity you might not have again. Decent friends wouldnt lose touch
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Obviously the year abroad.
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thing is the uni where it has the year abroad isn't really in the city so it could be dull/have crap nightlife but the straight 3yrs will be in the city centre
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As harsh as it sounds, forget the friendship and focus on what will benefit you more when you graduate. The year abroad will be very useful and give you the experience and extra knowledge into the subject and who's to say you won't make friends there? You won't get many opportunities like that to go abroad and study whereas you can always make friends
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(Original post by beenfluencer)
I am really stuck choosing between 2 courses I've had an offer for (both language/linguistics).

One is a 3 year course where I am required to spend the full 2nd year aboard (my choice being Japan or USA from the list) OR a 3yr course that doesn't have an option to go aboard and study. It might seem obvious but I am worried that if I pick the study abroad option I will come back 3rd year with little/no friends, since that course has about 10 choices for uni's to go to abroad I might not go with anybody from my class and I will have to start all over, including looking for somewhere to live.

But if I pick the straight 3 years in the UK I will build stronger friendships, which I want since my best friends are at uni, and I see them rarely and I only have friends from work rn. My friend (who is in 3rd year) is on a work placement in a different city that she went to uni in and says she rarely speaks to the friends she made there but has to move there in 17/18 for her final year.

I'm really stuck on which to choose since I have moved around abit and haven't had a decent close friendship since I was 17 (I'm 20 btw)... putting aside career goals (since the courses are the same) what would you choose?

Hi,

Don’t let worries about friends stop you from having amazing once in a lifetime experiences. You may not have the opportunity to live/study in a country like Japan ever again but you have your whole life to build strong friendships. You may regret it later on if you don’t go and if I were in your position I’d definitely be going abroad. You’ll also meet people on your year abroad, as well as having some people also in your position with you for the year, so you’ll build stronger friendships with them.

Hope this helps,

Molly
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with twitter and facebook ectyou don't have to llose contact and you can defo keep your frends through that a yeare abrord id a chance of a life time. I here Japan is an amazing place to live and America have sme butful unis and if you jon a fraternaty thats you set over ther for life.
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