Your year abroad

Students of a single language

If you are studying one language, you can spend the whole year on a University placement, work on a year-long teaching placement (French-, Spanish-, German- and Italian-speaking countries), have a year-long work placement (European destinations only) or split the year between a work placement and a University placement.

Students of two or more languages

If you are studying more than one language, you have several possibilities. Please bear in mind that if you are studying a language from scratch, you will need to spend at least one semester in the country where that language is spoken. You can spend a full year on a University placement, plus a vacation course for your other language, or split the year between two University placements in different countries, or divide your time between a work placement and a University placement.

If you are studying three languages, you can spend a semester each in two Universities and take a summer course at a third destination.

Students of Galician, Catalan and Basque can spend their Year Abroad at a University in the respective Iberian region, studying both Spanish and their second Iberian language. Students of Portuguese can benefit from one of our new Brazilian placements (the University has invested around 2 million pounds in building up contacts with Brazilian academic institutions).

Featured work placement - the BBC in Paris 2013/14.

The BBC has a base on campus at the University of Birmingham, and is currently offering a year abroad placement in Paris. The successful candidate will be working as part of a small team in the Paris bureau gathering news for radio, TV and on-line news outlets on the BBC. Duties will include research, finding guests, doing short interviews for use in radio and TV packages, meeting and greeting guests and taking them to the studio. S/he will be paid a salary of 417 euros per month, and will also be entitled to an Erasmus grant.  

Our current year abroad destinations

Please note that placements may not be available in all institutions every year; however, our International Office is constantly developing new links, such as those offered with Canada for the first time this year:

Canada (2):

Quebec and Montreal

China (6):

Beijing Tsinghua University, Beijing Language & Culture University, Capital Normal University, Shanghai Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Guangzhou Sun Yat-Sen University

France and Belgium (19):

Aix-en-Provence, Besançon, Bordeaux III, Caen, Clermont, Dijon, Fribourg (Switzerland, excellent for JH French-German), Grenoble Université Stendhal, Liège, Lyon II, Montpellier, Nancy II, Nantes, Paris XII, Paris VII, Poitiers, Strasbourg Marc Bloch, Strasbourg Robert Schumann and Toulouse Le Mirail

Germany and Austria, and German-speaking Switzerland (13):

Augsburg, Berlin, Cologne, Erlangen, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Mainz, Munich, Tübingen, Vienna, Zurich

Italy (10):

Bologna, Cagliari, Ferrara, Florence, Milan (Cattolica), Padua, Siena (Statale), Rome (Sapienza), Urbino, Verona

Japan (7):

Hitotsubashi University; Sophia University; Keio University; Kobe University; Kansai University; Kyoto University and Waseda University

Latin America (4):

Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (Buenos Aires), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago), Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico), Universidade Federal de Sante Caterina (Brazil)

Portugal (2):

Universidad de Coimbra ; Universidade de Lisboa

Spain (16):

Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Universidad del País Vasco, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Universidad de Valencia, Universidad de Murcia, Universidad de Granada, Universidad de Málaga, Universidad de Cádiz, Universidad de Huelva, Universidad de Sevilla, Universidad Complutense, Universidad de Salamanca ; Universidad de Zaragoza ; Universidad de Extremadura ; Universidad Pontificia de Comilla; Universidad de Oviedo

Russia (6):

Moscow, St Petersbury, Yaroslavi, Petrozavodsk, Tver and Volgograd