Year Abroad

The year abroad is compulsory for students taking French, German or Spanish at major level.  Please note that there is no year abroad in Chinese or Italian.

What are the advantages of a year abroad?

  • Improve your language proficiency
  • Broaden your cultural knowledge
  • Enhance your personal development
  • Gain transferable skills that are much valued by employers

What are your options?

  • Study at a partner university in a EU or non-EU country
  • Teach as an English language assistant with the British Council
  • Work on a placement with a company

How do we support our students?

  • Regular preparation meetings from first week of second year
  • 4-day preparation course in the Summer Term of second year
  • All aspects covered: organisational, financial, social and cultural, health and safety
  • Dedicated Year Abroad Tutors providing individual personalised advice

How do we assess your Year Abroad?

  • Written work related to your experience
  • Partner university marks
  • Counts towards your degree


All study and work abroad placements (i.e. Erasmus+ and non-Erasmus+, EU and non-EU) incur a tuition fee that is 15% of the standard fee. Of course all students have access to a tuition fee loan to cover this cost and students studying abroad will continue to be eligible for a maintenance loan; grants are also available for those from lower income households, to assist with their living costs for the year.

Under the Erasmus+ scheme students who study or work in Europe get extra funding. This means that all students going abroad in Europe receive a small Erasmus+ grant of about €300 a month for their study and work. Students on language assistantships are also paid for their work. This is often the case with work placements.