Department of European Languages and Cultures

Year 3 in 2020-21

Your teaching and learning experience in Year 3, the first of your honours years.

Ordinarily, this would be your Year Abroad. We share your regret and frustration that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in many cases this year cannot be spent as you would have expected.

How you will study and be assessed in Year 3 depends on a combination of the degree programme you are studying and what your original plans were for your Year Abroad. To find out what you can expect from your teaching, learning and assessment this year, choose your scenario from the seven we’ve given you on this page.

In these scenarios, we mention different types of study abroad. To help you choose your scenario, Erasmus or equivalent study includes Latin American exchanges where grade conversions are possible, and non-Erasmus study includes Russian exchanges where grade conversion is not possible.

Please note these scenarios do not apply in full to students on joint degree programmes in Arabic & Modern European Languages (MEL), Chinese & MEL, International Business with MEL, Law & MEL, and Scottish Ethnology & MEL. However, if you are on one of these degree programmes, you will have access to the extra Guided Language Study (GLS) activities and materials for your European language. And everyone on the joint programmes involving Arabic, Chinese, or Scottish Ethnology will also take the compulsory Year Abroad Online Language Learning Course in the relevant European language.

Scenario 1

For students doing a single honours degree in a European language

Scenarios 2 to 4

For students doing a joint honours degree in two European languages

Scenarios 5 to 7

For students doing a joint honours degree: one part in a European language; the other part in Celtic, or a subject that is not a language

Had your plans changed?

If your Year Abroad plans had already changed since you told us about them, the flowcharts in each scenario should still cover your situation - remember to refer to the flowchart based on your original plans. However, if you foresee any problems with the proposed assessment plan for your circumstances, please contact us by email - we're sorry but we cannot answer calls at this time. 

Department of European Languages and Cultures

  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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