Residence abroad

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student on residence abroad

Experience of living in another country is at the heart of our language courses and offers the opportunity both to develop a high-level of competence in the language(s) you are learning and to immerse yourself in the culture of the country in which you are resident. 

Check your course information for details of when and how you will spend your residence abroad

Single honours courses 

You will spend a year in a country in which your language of study is spoken. If you are learning a non-EU language, this will usually involve following a specially devised course offered by one of our partner institutions in China, Japan, Morocco, Russia Taiwan or Thailand. If you are learning an EU language, you will normally have the option to study at a university, teach English in a school, or undertake a work placement (subject to the requirements of your course). 

If you study one of our non-language single honours courses, such as Linguistics and Phonetics or Classical Civilisation, you still have the option of spending a year abroad, organised via the Study Abroad Office, with the opportunity to study at a fantastic range of institutions right across the world.

Joint honours courses 

You will normally spend a year in one of the countries whose language you are studying, and a term in a country in which your other language is spoken.  Depending on the combination of languages, your course may specify which country you spend which period of time in. If you are required to spend a term abroad, you will either attend an approved university course, or undertake a work placement (subject to the requirements of your individual course).

If your course combines a language with a non-language subject (for example, French and History), you will spend a year abroad in a country in which your language of study is spoken.

Pages in this document

  1. Residence abroad
  2. What are my options?
  3. Subject-specific information
  4. Work placements: further information