The International Placement Year

The International Placement Year is compulsory for students taking Chinese, French, German or Spanish at major level. Please note that there is no placement year for Italian.

What are the advantages of an International Placement Year?

During the International Placement Year students have the opportunity to develop various skills:

  • 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?

Students can currently choose between the following 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?

We aim to offer a range of support, for example:

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

How do we assess your International Placement Year?

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