Studying abroad is an exceptional experience. I'm European, and can't stress enough how Europe is different to anything else in the world and has a culture than enriches one. Studies are very constrained to the university, and spending X number of years in the same campus with the same people, same professors, same environment, same culture, can become uninspiring.
I believe year abroad students have a less tough curriculum in general than full time students in that university, in that professors tend to be very understanding of the fact you're from another country and are also here to discover. So you will most probably have time to find a job to compliment your studies and help you pay your studies!