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:

If you studied a language as a beginner (ab initio) in your first year, and if you wish to continue studying that language in your final year, you will be required to study in a country that speaks that language. For example, if you studied Spanish as a beginner in your first year and French post-A-level then you will have to go to a Spanish-speaking country in your third year (for a minimum of 28 weeks).

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 have taken up 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 Study Abroad 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 Study Abroad 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 Study Abroad Outbound website.