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We have incorporated two opportunities for placements abroad into our undergraduate courses. Most students on our language degrees spend their third year in China, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal or Belgium, 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.

Where can you study?

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

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: Minzu University of China, Beijing
  • 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, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Uruguay.

Student Experiences

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.


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.


A celebration on a study abroad visit

Lauren Stevens

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.



My name is Ruth and I have recently returned from a year in Spain. After studying Education and Spanish for two years at university, I decided to be an English language assistant in a primary school. Living and working in Spain gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream - I’ve always wanted to teach, and I love to travel so living abroad was the best experience ever. I learned so much about myself, faced fears I never thought I could overcome and developed connections to help me on my future career path.


End of a boat on water

Andrea Sapundzija

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.


Lydia Coleman

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


A group of people walking on walls outside