School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

Modern Languages year abroad

The year abroad lets you experience your language/s of study in a culture where it's spoken natively. The benefits of learning in this way are tremendous. 

What can I do on my year abroad?

Depending on the language you are studying, you can either:

  • study at one of our partner institutions
  • work as part of an English Language Assistantship through the British Council
  • undertake a work placement during your year abroad

it's possible to mix and match your choices of study, work or teaching if you are spending time in more than one country.

What is a year abroad really like?


Where can I go for my year abroad?


If you're studying a modern language as part of your degree

You will spend the full academic year abroad, in a country/countries that speak the languages you are studying. 

If you're studying a single honours programme

You will spend the full academic year abroad, in a country which speaks that language.

If you're studying two languages, as part of a joint honours degree

You will divide your year between two countries, each one speaking a language of your study.

If your degree consists of three languages        

You will split your year as evenly as possible, spending a minimum of ten weeks in each country.


China partner institutions

University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Fudan University, Shanghai

French partner institutions

Université d'Avignon, France

Université de Strasbourg, France

Université de Pau et des Pays de L'Adour, France

Université de Paris 

Université Paris Nanterre, France

Université de La Réunion, La Réunion, Outre-mer 

Université Grenoble Alpes, France

Institut Supérieur d'Interprétation et Traduction (ISIT), France

Université des Antilles, La Martinique, Outre-mer 

German partner institutions

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Universität Bremen, Germany

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany

Johannes Gutenberg Universität FTSK-Germersheim (Mainz), Germany

Universität Heidelberg, Germany

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg, Germany

Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany

Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany

Universität Wien, Austria

Russian and Slavonic partner institutions

Moscow City Pedagogical University, Russia

Herzen State Pedagogical University, St Peterburg, Russia

Enjoy Russian Petrozavodsk, Russia (language school)

University of Belgrade, Serbia

University of Rijeka, Croatia

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American partner institutions

Universidad de Cádiz, Spain

Universidad de Granada, Spain

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Universidad de Murcia, Spain

Universidad del País Vasco, Spain

Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Universitat de València, Spain

Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain

Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil

Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil

UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Mexico

Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico

Universidad de la Habana, Cuba

Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile

Universidad del Bio-Bio, Chile

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Universidad de Lima, Peru

Universidad de Cordoba, Argentina

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