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That is why we have incorporated two opportunities for placements abroad into our undergraduate programmes. Most students on our language degrees spend their third year in Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany or Spain, studying at a university or working as an English language assistant in a school.

There is the opportunity to apply for Turing Funding for all placements. The other opportunity for a placement abroad comes in the final weeks of the second year, normally just after the Easter break. These placements provide invaluable experience of living and working or studying abroad.

We have well established links for placements with a number of European universities:

  • Belgium: Brussels.
  • France: Avignon, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon, Nantes, .
  • Germany: Bayreuth, Braunschweig, Essen, Magdeburg, Reutlingen, Trier, Pforzheim.
  • Portugal: Lisbon
  • Spain: Granada, Castilla-la Mancha, Murcia, Huelva, Zaragoza, ESIC Madrid, Miguel de Cervantes, Valladolid, Oviedo, Mellilla, Vigo.

Further Afield?

Placements beyond Europe, as a student or a language assistant, may be possible, for example in Latin America or in Canada.  Such placements have been successfully undertaken by students in the past.

We have well established links for placements in China and Latin America:

  • In China: Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • In Costa Rica: Academia de Español Nicoya
  • In Mexico: Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla
  • Elsewhere in Latin America through ISEP scheme: Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Brizil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Uruguary.

Kiran Krishnadas

“I never imagined how beneficial the year abroad would be. As a beginner having no language experience I am now fluent!”Kiran spent six months in Chile as part of the year abroad studying Spanish. Read more...

Elena Smith

“I was most nervous about having to navigate day-to-day life in Spanish, but once you’ve done something once, it becomes 10 times easier.”
Elena spent her year abroad as a British Council Language Assistant in Spain during the pandemic. Read more....

Student Experiences

Ashleigh Richards and Jordan Marshall

Ashleigh Richards and Jordan Marshall completed three stints abroad between April 2015 and June 2016. They undertook the demanding challenge of moving between three countries as well as being the first cohort from the University of Chester to study at Shanghai Jiaotong University. Read more...

Lauren Stevens article on studying abroad

My name is Lauren Stevens and I am in the final year of my degree in International Development Studies and Spanish. For the third year of my degree I went to Melilla, a Spanish colony on the North coast of Africa. I spent 9 months in Melilla; 8 months working as an English Language Assistant and a month travelling. Read more...

Andrea Sapundzija became a local celebrity on study trip to Spain

Andrea’s study abroad year was part of the Erasmus Programme, an EU exchange student programme that provides foreign exchange opportunities. Andrea knew her Erasmus year abroad would be challenging but never thought her experience would be featured on the regional news. Read more...

Student Blogs

Read about Lydia Coleman's experiences in Germany and Spain in her personal blog.