Placements Abroad

One of the best ways of achieving proficiency in a language is through a period of residence in a country where that language is spoken.

My year abroad was the best year of my life.
Lauren Comer (German Student)

That is why we have incorporated two opportunities for placements abroad into our undergraduate programmes.  Most students on our language degrees spend their third year in Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany or Spain, studying at a university or working as an English language assistant in a school.

These placements are currently supported by Erasmus funding, which means that the students receive a grant for that year. The other opportunity for a placement abroad comes in the final weeks of the second year, normally just after the Easter break. These placements provide invaluable experience of living and working or studying abroad.

We have well established links for placements with a number of European universities:

  • In Belgium: Brussels.
  • In France: Avignon, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon, Nantes.
  • In Germany: Bayreuth, Braunschweig, Essen, Magdeburg, Reutlingen, Trier, Pforzheim.
  • in Portugal: Lisbon, Aveiro.
  • In Spain: Granada, Castilla-la Mancha, Murcia, Huelva, Zaragoza, ESIC Madrid, Miguel de Cervantes, Valladolid, Oviedo, Mellilla, Vigo.


Further afield?

Placements beyond Europe, as a student or a language assistant, may be possible, for example in Latin America or in Canada.  Such placements have been successfully undertaken by students in the past.

We have well established links for placements in China and Latin America:

  • In China: Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • In Costa Rica: Academia de Español Nicoya
  • In Mexico: Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla
  • Elsewhere in Latin America through ISEP scheme: Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Uruguay.

Student Comments

“I never imagined how beneficial the year abroad would be. As a beginner having no language experience I am now fluent!”

Opportunity of a lifetime across two continents for Modern Language students.

Lauren Stevens article on studying abroad

Student became a local celebrity on study trip to Spain

Student Blogs

  Read about Jordan Marshall’s experiences in China and Spain in his personal blog:

  Read about Lydia Coleman's experiences in Germany and Spain in her personal blog: