About Me


Hi! My name is Charlotte, and I’m a 21 year old student studying German and Mandarin at Nottingham Trent University. This blog is a place for me to document my adventures on my year abroad, when I’m going to Paderborn in Germany and Beijing in China.

From September 4th – February 4th, I’ll be studying more or less whatever I like (within reason) at the Universität Paderborn.

Then, from February 25th – July 5th, I’ll be doing 20 hours of Chinese a week at Beijing Language and Culture University (北京语言大学)

Should be a fun ten months! 😀 I’m really looking forward to it!


6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. hi!
    My name’s Lena, currently an NTU student too studying International Business and Spanish. Your blog looks really good! 🙂 Hope you have an amazing time on your year abroad!!
    I’m in Madrid at the moment and will be here for 6 months, and I’m struggling to find other students here. I was wondering if you knew anyone any chance who was coming to Madrid for their year abroad?

    • Hi Lena!

      Thank you, and I hope I have a great time… it’s getting closer now and I’m not sure if I’m nervous yet ;).

      I don’t know if you can access it, but the NTU Modern Languages department has its own wikimap that lists places students are going and they’ve got a page for a university in Madrid as well as people doing language assistantships there. I don’t know any of the people going all that well, but I’m sure if you message them on Facebook or something they’ll be more than happy to chat to you about it. (Plus there’s loads of tips on the wiki about what to do in Madrid ;))

      I hope you have fun when you go! 😀

  2. Hi,

    Thank you so much for this information this is so helpful!! I have emailed the people so hopefully I can meet them.
    Have an amazing time on your year abroad, keep on with your blog it’s nice to see how people are getting on, I may even start one myself 🙂
    And thanks again for the tips!


    • Ha, no worries! I hope everything goes well and you make some friends from our Spanish lot :).

      And I will do — let me know if you do set one up yourself and I’ll link to it. I’m interested to see how you’ll get on in Madrid! x

    • Thank you! 😀 I’m finding it difficult to practice at the moment, but it’s because I’m surrounded by fellow exchange students, most of whom don’t speak a lot of German. It should get better when the German students arrive, though. Hopefully :).

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