Year Abroad

Your year abroad

After you finish your second year of study you will go to live in France or another francophone country.

Your year abroad lets you to perfect your French, putting your language skills into practice in an authentic context. However, this year isn't just about your linguistic development: you will discover a different culture, develop life skills and gain an international perspective. Your year abroad experience is one you are likely to always remember, and it can help you make important choices about your adult life.

You can use your year abroad to gain valuable professional experience which informs your later career choice. Alternatively, you can teach English, do voluntary work or become part of university life in other country. What we see - whatever the destination or the experience - is that the vast majority of our students come back as more confident, well-rounded individuals whose personal development has gone beyond learning a new language.

This year gives you access to a unique range of opportunities. As a result it will mark you out as someone who is adaptable, motivated and can overcome challenges. In short, it is culturally enlightening, professionally relevant and personally enjoyable.

Students studying one language

Single Honours students - and those combining French with a non-language subject - spend the academic year in a French-speaking country.

Students studying more than one language

Students taking French alongside another language divide the academic year equally between two countries.

Year abroad assessment

Your year abroad will be assessed in part by an oral exam, taken in your final year of study. The rest of your credits for this year will depend on your degree course and what you do on your year abroad. They will be made up of one - or a combination of - a work placement report, an essay, or marks from modules studied at your placement university.