Literatures, Languages & Cultures

Studying abroad

Find out what your options are, get guidance and support, and be inspired by students who’ve been there, done that.

The Year Abroad is a key part of many undergraduate degrees in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC). Compulsory for some degrees, and optional for others, it’s a year of great change and great opportunity.

Most of our students will study while abroad, and we have exchange programmes with some of the very best universities around the globe. Selected subjects include the option to do a work placement instead, such as a teaching placement with The British Council.

Some undergraduate degrees will require you to divide your Year Abroad between two different countries, one relevant to each of the languages you're studying, which is a fantastic way to get even more lived experience of different cultures. If you are a postgraduate student, your programme may include the option to spend some time elsewhere.

Wherever you go, all student support services will still be available to you, from your Personal Tutor to our Student Support Office.


Study abroad by subject area


Language Linking Global Thinking

French and Spanish MA (Hons) student, Róisín MacFarlane, describes her involvement in SCILT’s Year Abroad schools initiative.

Year abroad stories: Bethan Morrish

French and English Literature MA (Hons) student, Bethan, reports from Brussels where she is working for BBC News Europe.

Year abroad stories: Eliot Benvie

A French and Spanish MA (Hons) student, Eliot is spending his year in Madrid teaching English through the British Council.

Year abroad stories: Nina Lotze

Chinese and Economics MA (Hons) student, Nina Lotze, shares her first impressions of life in Shanghai.

Five reasons to study abroad

Recent graduate, Aleksandra Milewicz, talks about her experiences of spending a year in Russia.

Travelling light

We talk to School Rep, Georgie Harris, about mental health and wellbeing while studying abroad.