Department of European Languages and Cultures

Keeping Well Abroad

A photo competition encouraging students to think about wellbeing on their Year Abroad.

We know that the Year Abroad can present challenges to keeping physically fit and mentally well.

That's why we launched the Keeping Well Abroad project in 2017/18, encouraging third year undergraduate students to send us a photograph and reflection from their Year Abroad to remind themselves, and inspire others, just how far they've come.

The brief was to capture either a challenge or a solution to physical and mental wellbeing posed by the country in which the students were based. Additionally, we asked each entrant to write a few sentences about the significance of their photograph to them.

The winning photograph was selected by BABBLE's editorial committee of students and staff from all six language areas in European Languages and Cultures (DELC). Having exhibited the entries at the University in September 2018, we're delighted to share them as a DELC Creative online exhibition on Adobe Spark.


Keeping Well Abroad


Funded by a grant from the University of Edinburgh's Student Partnership Agreement, Keeping Well Abroad is part of a wider initiative to foster a sense of community and raise awareness of students’ wellbeing within DELC. I am so pleased that it was extremely well received and that the competition will now be repeated every year to give new students a chance to participate.

Dr Véronique DesnainHead of European Languages and Cultures

Take me to the Keeping Well Abroad 18/19 showcase on Adobe Spark

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