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Sarah-Jane Poole

The first time I visited Aston University I knew it was where I wanted to spend the next four years studying. It had everything I was looking for: modules taught in the target language, high staff-student ratio, good quality accommodation and a city-centre location. As soon as I arrived here in Fresher’s week I knew had made the right decision.

All the lecturers in LSS are both approachable and knowledgeable, easing us into academic life here at Aston. Most of my classes are small, which meant it was easy to get to know everyone quickly. There is a very strong sense of community within LSS and I’ve made some brilliant friends on my course. The facilities in LSS are of a very high standard, with computers always available to use and a DVD library where you can loan foreign language DVDs.

Living on campus during my first year helped me settle into university life and become part of the Aston community. Although the campus is relatively small, there is still everything you need, including pubs, shops and newsagents. Just ten minutes walk away is the Bullring and the main shopping streets in the city centre, so there is always something to do!

The high level of support offered to students on placement and applying for placements was also an important factor in choosing Aston. I am currently on placement in Austria, working as an English language assistant. I work in two different secondary schools, helping the main class teachers as well as giving presentations to the pupils. During the first half of this year I went to France, where I studied at institution of political sciences (Sciences Po) in Lille. I have seen two different countries and cultures, whilst improving my language skills. My Year Abroad has given me the opportunity to meet a huge range of people and allowed me to visit places that I never would have done otherwise.

Having grown up in a small village Birmingham was a big change for me, but certainly a good one. Everything you need is in within walking distance and within a few weeks of arriving the city became a home from home. Birmingham is a city with a lot of variety with something for everyone, with nightlife being a good example. There are big clubs as well as less mainstream places which cater to everyone’s tastes.

Having been abroad for 6 months now, I am looking to being back in Birmingham come October to start my final year! 

Sarah-Jane Poole

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