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STUDY HOLIDAYS ABROADStudy holidays are the fashion! This kind of opportunity is especially favourable for students wishing to eliminate most of their language gaps while living and studying abroad. At the same time they have the chance to increase their vocabulary and feel more at ease when speaking in a foreign language.
However miracles are not to be expected!
Study holidays are proposed both to young people and adults and problems related to this kind of holidays have a special place among the complaints the Centres for consumers receive every day. Before choosing a study holiday is therefore necessary to take a look at the list below, which contains some rules to be taken into account.
Generally standard and intensive courses are offered. The number of participants is 15; in case of intensive courses it should never exceed 10. Courses usually last 15/20/25 hours (45 or 60 minutes each) per week (intensive courses last 30 hours per week).
The journey to the place of the study holiday should never be made without an escort, in particular for boys and girls under 15. 24 hours-a-day assistance in the place is also necessary; a local family usually accommodates students.. To this regard, if you expect too much, you may face unpleasant situations. It is indispensable to adjust to the life style of the family and the way of thinking of the place.
Those who wish to have a “discount” of holiday costs through public subsidy should get informed in advance.
What has to be taken into account to be (almost) sure to avoid tricks? Some pieces of advice:
If something goes wrong, as with any other journey, remember to ask for help to the local person in charge of organizing the stay. He/she ought to help you solving the problems, as an alternative, you have 10 days from your homecoming to complain (in written form and by registered letter with advice of receipt!)
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