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16 Jan, 2014

One Aussie student’s tips on how to survive a gap year – Sydney Morning Herald

By Harriet Forster

Of the 220,000 young Australians offered a university place last year, almost one quarter deferred their study. Many of these will head overseas for their gap year.

I’m now safely ensconced back home in Sydney with my family, and can reflect on my 12-month gap year in Britain. I spent 2013 at a girls’ boarding and day school in Surrey, The Royal School.

A 2012 report on students taking a gap year released by the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER) found 24 per cent of young Australians also took a gap year in the 2009-10 calendar year – an increase from 10 per cent on 1999-2000 figures.

Given so many Australians are embracing the trend, here are my top tips for the next wave of temporary migrants bound for Britain.

Read the rest: How to survive a gap year.