Study Abroad and Work Placements

Study Abroad

You can choose to take a study abroad or work placement year, which will take place between the second and third year of your course, before you return to Leeds to complete your fourth and final year.

The year abroad component provides an unforgettable experience: not only will it enhance your language skills but it will also give you a greater understanding of some of the places which the study of Classics is all about.

We have exclusive exchange links with universities in Germany, Greece and Italy, offering our students the opportunity to take a Classics-specific exchange. Alternatively, students may study at other European institutions. If you  choose to study at a university which does not teach in English will have to attend language classes before and during the year abroad. If you're studying a joint honours degree you may find that their other half also has subject-specific exchange links. For example, a joint honours Classical Literature and Spanish student could choose to study at a Spanish university.

Alternatively, the University has exchange agreements with a number of universities around the world, including the USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. Find out more here



In Greece we have a well-established link with with the Classical Studies section of the Department of Philology, a sub-division of the Faculty of Philosophy, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.  The University was founded in 1925, and currently has as many as 70,000 students. The University's website has general information in English and more detailed information about the staff and courses in Greek.  
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


In Italy we have an exchange link with the Università degli studi di Verona which started life in 1959 as a part of the older University of Padua, with just a Faculty of Economics and Commerce. It was granted autonomous status in 1982, however, and has grown rapidly so that it now has 20,000 students and seven faculties: Economics, Law, Arts and Philosophy, Foreign Languages and Literature, Medicine and Surgery, Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences, and Education.  Our exchange is with the Department of Humanities, part of the Arts and Philosophy faculty, under the direction of Professor Attilio Mastrocinque, who specialises in Roman history and archaeology.
The Università degli studi di Verona


In Germany we have an exchange link with the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. The University, founded in 1737, is situated in central Germany and spread out across the city of Göttingen. 
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

Other European destinations

All our students can choose to study at other European institutions. Further information on the options available can be found on the University's study abroad website.
Find out more here.

Work placements

All of our students also have the opportunity to take a work placement year instead of a study abroad year. The work placement component provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in the workplace and a greater awareness of the transferable skills gained through the study of Classics. Find out more here.