Year abroad - German Studies

One of the most exciting aspects of any degree in Modern Languages is the opportunity to spend time abroad, perfecting your language skills through immersion and acquiring all manner of transferable skills.

All Single and Joint Honours students of German spend the third year of their four-year degree programme in a German-speaking country. The options are the same, regardless of whether you entered the University with A-level or not.

As a German student, you can:

  • Spend the whole year at University
  • Spend the whole year as an English Language assistant, working at a school 
  • Spend the whole year on a work placement 
  • Split the year between studying at University and a work placement

If you want to teach, students usually apply via the British Council, and if you are looking for work in a company, you will need to be accepted by a company and have your place approved by the year abroad tutor.

You can choose to study or work during the year or semester in a German-speaking country. If you want to study, you will be able to apply to one of our partner institutions under the Erasmus scheme.

We have Erasmus exchange places available in a large number of German and Austrian partner universities, currently including: Augsburg, Berlin (Humboldt University), Erlangen, Frankfurt am Main, Freiburg im Breisgau, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Cologne, Mainz, München, Tübingen and Vienna. An Erasmus place provides you with a bursary (usually about £2000 for the year), and tutorial support of various kinds which you would not otherwise get. Our partner institutions provide us with between two and six places each.

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These are the German universities with which the department has developed links:


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