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  • A Year Abroad

    The perfect opportunity to broaden your mind and your horizons

Year abroad

Immerse yourself in another language and culture, develop your language skills, and discover how exhilarating and enjoyable life-changing experiences can be.


All modern language students will spend the third year of their degree abroad, whether working, studying or teaching.

Spending a year abroad provides you with an exciting opportunity to gain new skills and experiences, and to put into practice all that you have learnt so far. You will have the opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy new experiences; to explore a country, the people and the history.

A Year Abroad is also a chance to gain independence, not just in your mother tongue but in two languages and several countries.

We have a range of placement opportunities worldwide where you can develop globally valued skills and enjoy enriching and unforgettable experiences. You can spend your Year Abroad in any country where the language you are studying is spoken. Previous students have chosen Austria, Cuba, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Switzerland.


Boost your career prospects and globalise your CV

In an increasingly international and mobile world, the knowledge and experience of living in another culture are highly desirable skills.  Our students regularly return from their Year Abroad with a greater sense of  self-reliance, adaptability and confidence, and feel more prepared for life after graduation than those who remained in the UK.


"Everybody grows and matures and comes back to the fourth year with a new level of confidence"

Dr Melani Schroeter, Associate Professor, Modern Languages and European Studies

Different options for your year abroad

You will spend your Year Abroad in either one or two countries depending on the type of degree you select, and whilst abroad you will have the choice of either working, studying or teaching.

We have a wide range of networks and partner universities across the world giving you the opportunity to tailor your Year Abroad to your interests.

On a Work Placement

If you are considering using your foreign language skills in the work environment we recommend spending your Year Abroad on a work placement.

Studying at a university in another country

We have an extensive network of ERASMUS exchanges with institutions in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

If you choose to spend your Year Abroad at a university you will be studying alongside full-time local students, giving you the opportunity to build friendships and practise your oral language skills.

School Language Assistant

We also offer you the opportunity to spend your Year Abroad working as a School Language Assistant. 

As a School Language Assistant you will be expected to teach English for approximately twelve hours per week and in return you will receive a salary to cover living costs. 

Preparation for your Year Abroad

Your Year Abroad is an integral part of your degree - for lots of students it is the reason they choose to study a language - and you will have the opportunity to start exploring your options from your first year.  Workshops and meetings will give you information and guidance on the practicalities not just of studying or working abroad, but also of living abroad.

You will receive guidance in accommodation choices and we help you to compile your CV in a second language. You will also have the invaluable opportunity to meet and speak with fourth-year students returning from their Year Abroad.

"The Year Abroad exchange programme helped me to gain a real grasp on the language and led me to make a series of wonderful international connections and so many life-changing experiences."

Lora Jury, BA English Literature and Italian, graduated 2015

Support whilst abroad

Whilst abroad you will be in frequent contact with your academic tutor and Department staff.  Regular contact is by email and phone and occasionally in person. 

 Antoine and friends in Latin America

Year abroad project

At the end of your year abroad you are required to produce a project, a short film, focusing on a cultural aspect of your chosen country. And you will produce this film in the language of your degree.  Watch Sam's project. This could be you.

Further information

Creates opportunities for the UK across Europe. 

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest student association in Europe. It has been supporting and developing student exchange since 1990.

iAgora provides graduate jobs and internships abroad, especially across Europe. 


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