French Year Abroad (MLT330 / MLT331)

This unit aims to enable students to heighten their awareness of cultural and linguistic aspects of the country where they are studying, encouraging their social integration and fostering their independent and/or collaborative study in the foreign language.


  • University credits: 10
  • University levels: 1-4
  • Pre-requisite: MLT221 or MLT261, A Level + 1 year or stay abroad, CEF B2
  • Co-requisite: N/A.
  • Availability: STEM students on a degree 'With a language' or 'With study in Europe'.
  • Teaching period: MLT330: Autumn semester, MLT331: Spring semester (See timetables and course dates)
  • Contact times: N/A.
  • Group size: N/A.
  • Language Co-ordinator: Dr Karine Zbinden
  • Module Leader: Dr Karine Zbinden
  • Pathway: MLT310 or MLT350

    Students will complete a diary in which they will record and reflect upon their linguistic and cultural integration progress over a period of at least 10 weeks. They will also contribute to a blog intended to share language learning advice and practical tips about living in the region and country with other students currently abroad or preparing for a year abroad.

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

    • interact with native speakers of their target-language country
    • understand complex or specialised texts, identifying key facts, ideas and arguments
    • reflect upon the language and culture of the target-language-country
    • reflect upon and make decisions as to how to improve their language/cultural proficiency
    • present findings relating to the above in writing.

    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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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