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    I am spending my year abroad in a European capital city (don't wanna say where in case someone works out it's me haha)


    I've only been there a week and the homesickness is real. I have one close friend already but other than that I've not really managed to branch out. There's no other British students here, most international students are Spanish and speak Spanish all the time (I can't speak Spanish)


    The local population seem pretty dismissive of foreigners particularly those who can't speak the native language fluently.


    It's an extremely exciting city with so much to see and do.


    But I do miss the UK, and I keep beating myself up for being there (even tho it was compulsory for my degree haha)


    My life and family is in the UK and all my uni friends are having fun without me I do have friends on years abroad across the world but they all seem to be doing great and I feel like such a baby for being homesick
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I am spending my year abroad in a European capital city (don't wanna say where in case someone works out it's me haha)


    I've only been there a week and the homesickness is real. I have one close friend already but other than that I've not really managed to branch out. There's no other British students here, most international students are Spanish and speak Spanish all the time (I can't speak Spanish)


    The local population seem pretty dismissive of foreigners particularly those who can't speak the native language fluently.


    It's an extremely exciting city with so much to see and do.


    But I do miss the UK, and I keep beating myself up for being there (even tho it was compulsory for my degree haha)


    My life and family is in the UK and all my uni friends are having fun without me I do have friends on years abroad across the world but they all seem to be doing great and I feel like such a baby for being homesick
    You have such an amazing opportunity that you might never get to experience ever again.

    Are you in a halls with other British students? Does the university have a society in place for Uk students abroad?

    Reach out and make the most of the situation.
    When it comes to the language barrier- the best way to learn is to immerse yourself in the culture. You could have better language skills in a year than someone who has been studying it for 3!

    Seek out things you want to do or get involved in. Push yourself. Everyone at home is jealous of what you're getting to do and I am sure they can't wait to visit.
 
 
 
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