French Placement Preparation (MLT221)

The aim of this unit is to provide linguistic, cultural and practical preparation to students about to undertake an extended work placement or study exchange in a country where the language they are studying is spoken.


  • University credits: 10
  • University levels: 2
  • Pre-requisite: MLT260, or equivalent CEF B1+/B2- proficiency in the language.
  • Co-requisite: On consultation with the Language Co-ordinator only.
  • Availability: STEM students on a degree 'With a language' or 'With Study in Europe'.
  • Teaching period: Spring semester (See timetables and course dates)
  • Contact times: 8 one-hour tutorials, starting in Week 2 of the semester.
  • Group size: Maximum of 20 students.
  • Language Co-ordinator: Dr Karine Zbinden
  • Module Leader: Dr Karine Zbinden
  • Pathway: N/A.

Students will research their destination (region, institution, etc.) and learn how to carry out a broad range of practical and study-related tasks using the language, including securing a residence or work permit, travelling throughout the country, arranging accommodation, registering for a course of study, opening a bank account, registering with and consulting a doctor, translating forms and other documents, taking lecture and seminar notes, writing letters, reports and/or essays, etc.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate good knowledge about the organisation they will be joining and the city and region in which they will be living
  • demonstrate good acquaintance with social and cultural institutions in the country of their placement
  • carry out a range of practical tasks associated with living in another country (e.g. obtaining a residence or work permit, arranging accommodation, registering for a course of study, getting and paying for health care, etc.)
  • demonstrate a range of work- and study-related foreign language skills (e.g. note-taking, report- and essay-writing, speaking effectively) in appropriate contexts (e.g. lectures, experiments, presentations, interviews).

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 22 September 2021