Modern Languages Year Abroad

Undergraduate Modern Languages degree programmes require that all students should spend their third year abroad. There are three ways in which this can be done:

  1. Study abroad
  2. Work abroad 
  3. British Council English Language Assistant;

Please note that students of Chinese or Russian  can only study on their Year Abroad.   

Pre-requisites for a Modern Languages Year Abroad:

Whereas students from other disciplines require a minimum mark of 60 to go on a Study Abroad placement, please note that this requirement does not apply for students going on a Modern Languages Year Abroad.

As the Year Abroad is a compulsory part of the ML programme (including Combined Honours programmes with ML), students going on a Modern Languages Year Abroad are only required to pass the first and second years to be eligible to go on their Year Abroad placement.

If you began studying a language as a beginner (ab initio) in your first year, continued it in your second year, and you wish to continue studying that language in your final year, you will be required to study and/or work in a country that speaks that language. For example, if you started Italian as a beginner in your first year, and you take it in the second year, then you will have to go to Italy for your Year Abroad (for a minimum of 28 weeks) to be eligible to take the final-year Italian language module.

Please note, you must have completed 60 credits in a language to be eligible to spend your Year Abroad in the country of that language. This means that if you started studying a new language in your second year then you will not be able to go abroad to the country in which that language is spoken.

What can you do on your Modern Languages Year Abroad?

To start off, please either follow one of the above links or visit the What can I do? section of these webpages

It is possible to combine study and work on your Year Abroad, but you cannot do this with a British Council ELA placement. All three of the above currently qualify for Erasmus status if they are spent within Europe, specifically in a country participating in the Erasmus programme. Erasmus status means that you will receive an Erasmus mobility grant. Further information about Erasmus status, grants and fees can be found on the Global Opportunities Outbound website.

If you go to a country outside the EU e.g. in Latin America, Switzerland or Canada, you will not receive an Erasmus grant. Further information about fees and status outside of Europe can be found on the Global Opportunities Outbound website.

Students studying or working abroad for a year in Europe pay 15% of their normal tuition fee. No fees will ever have to be paid to partner universities. For students studying outside of Europe, the fee remains 15% of the normal tuituon fee but for students working outside of Europe, this increases slightly to 20%. For more information, please see the Global Opportunities Outbound website.