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Work or study - Bologna University - Frankfurt offices - TESOLSpend a year studying or working abroad, or even a combination of the two for a year. It adds so much to a degree! And to you!

Research conducted by the University shows that Exeter graduates who spent some time abroad during their degree obtain a better degree classification and are more likely to be in graduate level employment.

What is it?

What you do while studying or working abroad depends very much on what you want to get out of it.

  • Studying
    • You take modules that relate to your degree subjects in a foreign institution (usually a University)
    • You attend lectures and classes with the 'local' students
    • There are also summer schools abroad you can attend during your vacations
  • Working
    • You work in a company abroad
    • You could work in a school or college teaching English as a foreign language - and to prepare for this you could take modules in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    • One way of finding work abroad is to use the University's Global Employability web pages.

But whatever you do, and wherever you go, you will gain tremendously from the experience!

When?

A year abroad usually takes place after your second year in Exeter, as part of a four-year degree.

It is not possible to spend a semester/term abroad as part of a FCH degree.

It may be possible for you to have two different locations or types of study/work during the year (e.g. one student spent part of the year at a French university and part working for Air France).

We will email you during the autumn term of your second year at Exeter, inviting you to come to find out more.

There are also summer schools abroad you can attend during your vacations. These do not count towards your degree, but provide valuable experience and are very enjoyable.

Lake ComoWhere?

The University has links with many foreign institutions in Europe and beyond.

If you want to work abroad, the University has some links with employers, but you can also find your own placement, provided we are happy it is suitable (e.g. you are not just working in a bar or being a cleaner!) .

RomeForeign Languages

If you need to develop a foreign language for your period abroad, it is best to start this in your first year. Let us know about this when you apply to Exeter or when you first arrive here and we can help arrange things through the University's Foreign Language Centre or appropriate Modern Language department.

VeronaHow?

There are several ways you can spend a period abroad, depending on the subjects you are studying:

  • One or more of your teaching departments may have a study or work abroad module you could use.
  • If you are studying a foreign language as a significant part of your degree (i.e. a minimum of 60 credits of the language across years one and two, through Modern Languages), the Modern Language's abroad co-ordinator helps you arrange study or work abroad in the appropriate country.
  • You can follow one of the FCH modules for study or work abroad:
    • Study - one year
    • Work - one year
    • Study and Work - one year (details forthcoming)

Requirements – year one marks

You need an overall average of at least 60% from your first year to be able to go abroad.

If you are studying a European language for 60 credits across years one and two, you can normally go to the appropriate European country if your overall first-year average is less than 60%.

Requirements – language

If you want to study in a University that does not teach in English, you need to have achieved a pass in at least Level 2 (Modern Language modules) or Advanced Level (Foreign Language Centre modules) in the appropriate language.

Costs

The general cost will depend on where you go. On top of general living costs there will be insurance and if you go outside Europe there may also be visa fees.

Europe:

Outside Europe:

If you are working, rather than studying abroad, you may be paid by your employer, or they may regard the work as an unpaid placement/internship where the main benefit is the experience. If you are working in Europe, any payment from an employer is in addition to the Erasmus+ funding.

There is a fee to pay to Exeter for the year abroad, whether you are working or studying. The fee is much smaller than the usual tuition fee - details.

More information about costs, including scholarships, for study abroad.

More information