University of Bath Year Abroad
The year abroad takes place during your third year of study, and will greatly enhance your employment prospects.
If you study the BSc (Hons) International Management and Modern Languages you will also have a study year abroad, but with different options.
What can I do on my year abroad?
On the year abroad you can:
- undertake a study exchange in Europe (Erasmus exchange) or study placement outside Europe
- work as an English Language Assistant within Europe or beyond
- take on a work placement
It is possible to ‘mix and match’ both the activities and the countries they take place in, but students studying two languages must devote at least three months abroad to each language during the course of the degree.
Choose your year abroad experience
We have exchange agreements with a wide range of partner universities abroad.
On an Erasmus exchange you can spend either one or two semesters in our partner universities in France, Germany, Italy or Spain. Our diverse range of exchange universities are located in capital cities, medium and small-sized towns, where you can experience studying in a very different university system. You will become fully integrated into your selected university, choose a number of appropriate units and undertake assessment in them.
A separate exchange with Voronezh State University provides study placements for students of Russian. Students of Spanish may also study in Santiago, Chile and Guadalajara, Mexico.
Teaching English as a Language Assistant in a school or college is also a popular and rewarding option. Applications are processed by the British Council. Experiences vary – students may find themselves in a large city or in a rural community, teaching English to small groups of children for around 12 hours a week.
It is also possible to be an assistant outside Europe and some of our students have found themselves, for example, in the exotic locations of La Reunion, Mexico and French Guyana. Assistantships differ in length from country to country but on average last nine months.
The aim of a work placement during the year abroad is to provide you with a professional experience, usually within a commercial business environment, that will be of value both during your studies and in your future career. This is a flexible option, with students able to mix and match longer and shorter work placements in different countries.
Our dedicated and experienced Placements Officer will support and guide you through the recruitment process to gain your placement. Students have been employed in a number of interesting roles for all or part of the year.