Spend time abroad

Carnival Badajoz, Spain
Carnival Badajoz, Spain

Immerse yourself in another language and culture with a unique year abroad experience.

The opportunity to spend a year abroad as an integral part of your course is not only invaluable to the development of your language skills, but is also an exciting way to meet new people and really explore your chosen country.

The third year of all language courses is spent abroad either as a student in one of our partner universities, as a language assistant in a foreign school, or on a work placement. Students studying one language will spend a full year in the host country, whereas if you choose to study two languages, a semester will be spent in each country.

Study abroad

We have developed numerous partnerships with top universities, which means that you have the opportunity to study in some of the most iconic and inspiring cities in Europe as well as across the world.

Destinations include Paris, Berlin, Milan and Barcelona, as well as many other universities across Europe. Spanish students also have the option to spend their year abroad further afield in Latin America, such as Lima (Peru) and Guadalajara (Mexico).

We will make sure you are well prepared to make the most of this experience.

Work abroad

Students have the opportunity to work with the British Council as teaching assistants on a part-time basis, in either a major city or a small rural town. This option provides excellent experience and a great introduction to teaching, as well as enabling the student to earn a salary sufficient to live on. Training is provided by the British Council in the destination country and we will provide guidance on finding accommodation on arrival.

Some students choose to organise their own placement abroad in an organisation or company, as agreed by the School. It is important that your chosen role allows you to practice your language and immerse yourself in the culture of your host company.

Skills for life

This year is extremely valuable, not only for developing near-native competency in the language, but also for the student’s personal development. The maturity, flexibility, independence and problem-solving skills developed during this year are often cited by employers as a major attraction for them in hiring language students after graduation.

Many past students agree that immersing themselves in the language and culture of another country is one of the best experiences of their lives.

Student experiences

My Erasmus year in the Bavarian town of Passau was absolutely fantastic. It advanced my language skills considerably, not to mention giving me friends for life. I taught English part-time and this helped to finance my travels around that area of Europe; this further enriched my cultural experience. I would do it all again if I could and I have already planned a return visit during the Christmas break.

Ridvan James Canbilen, year abroad spent in Passau, Germany

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During my year abroad, I spent 6 months teaching at a private school in the heart of the Peruvian capital Lima. I enjoyed the wonderful cuisine, nightlife and friendly people. The school holidays also give a great opportunity to visit tourist hotspots like Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the Amazon. There are plenty of foreign schools looking for help, especially from native speakers of English.

James Beckett, year abroad spent in Lima, Peru

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Year Abroad Coordinator

Elke Oerter