Your gap year starts at The Go-Abroad Fair
Some young people (self-chosen or forced) do not study for a year and end up in a gap year. This is a period that can be very usefully spent in terms of personal development. There are loads of options on how to spend this year, such as backpacking, working, taking courses or preparing everything for your studies. You will learn all about these possibilities and more at The Go-Abroad Fair on 29 and 30 November.
"From a year abroad, you become more independent and stronger. And it helps you to set your goals."
Read Yaora's story below
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For her gap year, Yaora travelled to the other side of the world: China was the destination. Learning the language, meeting new people and travelling around; it was a very complete experience. Yaora: "It made me much more independent".
Yaora studies China studies at Leiden University. This programme is mainly about Chinese culture, and slightly less about the language (Mandarin). Students are therefore encouraged to practise speaking the language independently. Yaora chose to travel to China and apply to Beijing University. English was mostly spoken during classes, but in her free time she interacted a lot with Chinese people. "That was a really good experience, also to overcome my fear of speaking: you have to speak Chinese there."
On all levels, this move was perfect for her. "From a year abroad, you become more independent and stronger. In my case, it also helped to set my goals. In China, I had a lot of time to think, for example about the thesis I still had to write for my studies. And I also know now that I would fit very well into the Chinese-Dutch business world after my studies."
Get everything out of the fair
Get your orientation on the different options for going abroad
Start preparing for your adventure abroad
Studies, internships, gap year, language trips, exchanges, (voluntary) work and high school programmes
120 (educational) institutions, companies and organisations eager to help you
Over 50 presentations with practical tips and stories of experience
Engage with enthusiastic students and educators
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