What can I do on my year abroad?
On your year abroad you have four broad options:
- you can teach English or work as an English language assistant via the British Council. You will be placed in either a primary or secondary school and will be paid a monthly wage
- you can join a university and follow a course of academic study
- you can arrange a work placement
- you can do voluntary work
A work or voluntary placement gives you the chance to use your French in a professional context while exploring employment possibilities on an international level.
If you would like to organise a work or voluntary placement in a French-speaking country the department is happy to support you. Your tutors will assist you in any way they can, offering advice and support.
In recent years students have worked in translation agencies, law firms, and design and media companies.
Teaching English with the British Council offers you invaluable work experience as well as the chance to demonstrate your team-working, organisational and presentational skills. The immersion in a French working environment is ideal preparation for your final year of studies.
You can work in schools across mainland France as well as Corsica and outre-mer - La Réunion.
Because assistantships require a nine month residency in France only students studying one language are eligible to apply.
In mainland France you can study in Bordeaux Montaigne, Le Mans, Montpellier, d'Aix-Marseille, Pau, Perpignan, Rennes 2, or Versailles. If you are studying a Dual degree with Business Management or Economics you would choose either KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux or Aix) or École Supérieure de Commerce de Montpellier and if you are studying a Dual degree with Politics or History you would choose Sciences Po in Paris. We also have links with the university of La Réunion, a département d'outre-mer in the Indian Ocean and the universities of Lausanne and Neuchâtel in Switzerland.
You are also more than welcome to arrange to study at another university. Students have previously been to - among others - Sénégal, Martinique and Nouvelle Calédonie, as well as other francophone countries in Europe.
French with Business Management/Economics
if you are studying a Dual degree such as French with Business Management or French with Economics you have the option of attending the prestigious KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux or Aix) or École Supérieure de Commerce de Montpellier. If you are studying a Dual degree with Politics or History you would choose Sciences Po in Paris.