European Exchanges Office
The European Exchanges Office is responsible for placements for staff and students across Europe as part of the Erasmus Programme.
The University of Chester is committed to encouraging students to undertake study or work-based learning placements abroad as part of their programme and to providing a range of opportunities for them to do so. We have a large number of partner universities from countries such as France, Germany, Spain, Norway, Finland, and many more.
The links that the University has established with institutions throughout Europe are listed here
The University of Chester is committed to encouraging students to undertake study or work-based learning placements abroad as part of their programme and to providing a range of opportunities for them to do so.
The University has programmes of study which include a one-year placement at a partner institution in continental Europe, for students taking the Modern Languages degree or those taking French, German or Spanish with another subject.
In addition to those placements, we provide opportunities for shorter periods of study with a number of partner institutions for students on a wide range of courses.
Placements in France, Germany and Spain are usually for students of French, German and Spanish or for others with a reasonable working knowledge of one of those languages.
For the opportunities in Scandinavia and in Ireland, linguistic knowledge is not a requirement, and the placements there are available to all students. This provides an excellent opportunity, whatever your course of study.
If any students wish to undertake a placement in Greece or Portugal, the European Office will discuss arrangements and feasibility with our partner institutions there.
The placements are supported by Erasmus funding, which means that cost to students is greatly reduced. The European Office also deals with incoming Erasmus students from our partner universities. Grants in support of these exchanges are awarded as part of the EU SOCRATES-ERASMUS programme. In addition to student mobility we have number of staff evolved in wide range of research partnership activities with a number of European Universities.
Case Study- Rebecca Queren
A prime example of a student who has made the most of the opportunities on offer! Rebecca has returned to Chester for the fourth year of her German and Psychology course having spent a revelatory year overseas as a part of the Erasmus exchange programme.
A British Council grant enabled her to work as a language assistant in Siegen, near Cologne and leave Germany debt free. Studying abroad enabled her to hone her language skills to fluency while living with a family and to experience German culture at first hand. She also gained invaluable experience teaching English, which she found “such a rewarding feeling”.
Since coming to Chester from Fleetwood, aged 21, Rebecca has been heavily involved in most aspects of campus life. Throughout her course she has been a student volunteer, assisting with a range of activities and events, such as the Spring School for Year 9 pupils from deprived areas. She is also putting her experience of studying abroad to good use as a mentor for international students at the University