Year Abroad

Lead Coordinator of Year Abroad: Dr Marion Krauthaker

The Year Abroad

The Year Abroad, which is undertaken in your third year, is a fundamental element of our degree programmes in the School of Modern Languages, offering students the chance to study or work in one or two countries related to your degree. You can spend a year studying at up to two of our partner universities within the EU or further afield in Quebec or Latin America. Alternatively, you can apply to work as a British Council language-teaching assistant. It is also possible to split the year between university study and work, taking advantage of a shorter Erasmus+ teaching assistantship, for example. Subject to approval, you might also decide to take up a year or semester work placement of your choice. Whatever your choice, the Year Abroad will provide you with a unique opportunity to develop knowledge and skills essential to your degree and will allow you to gain valuable career experience while discovering new cultures.

During your second year, prior to going abroad, you will go through an extensive preparation period with all the advice and training you need, and when you are abroad you will be supported by our partner universities and by our own year abroad tutors.

The Year Abroad is central to what makes our graduates stand out. You will have the chance to perfect your spoken and written language/s and engage with new societies, whist all the time building your independence and becoming more employable.


Erasmus Partner Universities

If you choose to spend your year studying, then help is available through the ERASMUS Exchange, an EU educational exchange programme of which the University of Leicester is a part. We are partners with many universities in France, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Switzerland, and you can receive a grant to help with living expenses. In many instances, ERASMUS grants are also available to students working in the EU.

We offer study placements at a wide range of partner institutions:

  • For French, we have placements in France at Paris, Besançon, Le Mans, Lyon, Bordeaux, Pau and Avignon; in Switzerland at Geneva; and at Liège and Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium.
  • For those studying Italian placements are available in Bologna, Padova, Pavia, Pisa, Salerno, Chieti-Pescara or Verona.
  • And for Spanish students our partners in Spain are Barcelona, Extremadura, Granada, Madrid, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Valladolid, Zaragoza and Valencia.

If you are studying French and want to travel further afield there are study opportunities in Laval and Sherbrooke (Quebec).  For those studying Spanish we offer Mexico City and Puebla (Mexico), or Bogotá in Colombia. These partners are not part of the ERASMUS exchange programme but financial assistance is normally available. If you are travelling to Latin America, for example, help is available in the form of a Santander Travel Award worth up to £750.

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