Dr Birgit Smith, now retired, is the former Director of Language Studies in the Department of Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University. Her teaching used to focus mainly on German language and culture, and she was the Year Abroad Tutor for German.
The Year Abroad – More than just a gap year
Some of you may have read the ‘New study abroad programme makes languages an EU priority’ article in The Guardian last week. The Erasmus programme, which is the EU flagship for educational exchange in higher education, celebrated its 25th anniversary last year and currently 33 countries participate in the scheme.