University of Hull Year Abroad

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University of Hull Year Abroad

University of Hull Year Abroad

The Year Abroad

The Year Abroad will probably be one of the most exciting and challenging experiences you will ever have. You will notice a dramatic improvement in your spoken language, giving you greater confidence and more mature insights into the life of your chosen country.

The ‘year’, is an ‘academic year’, which means at least eight months spent abroad. For each foreign language in your degree programme, you will spend some time in a country where the language is spoken. The period of time can vary from the whole academic year, to just 3 or 4 weeks (see below).

The sections below should answer any general queries you may have about the Year Abroad at Hull. For specific information regarding the individual languages (e.g. which universities you can go to), please use the links on the right.

What will I be doing?

There are three principal options:

  • Studying at an exchange partner university.

These are mainly based in Europe, but we also have links with a University in Mexico. See the information under the individual languages for more information.

  • Working in a school as an English-language assistant.
  • Working in industry or commerce.

The school has a small number of such placements to offer, but you can also arrange your own, with our help.

How much time will I spend where?

Here are the basic ways of dividing the year:

1) Students of one foreign language spend the year in one country.

2) Those taking two or three languages must decide between these options:

a) go to one country for the year and spend short periods of at least three weeks in the other country or countries, normally in one or two Summer vacations.

b) divide the year between two countries, with one semester in each, and, for a third language, spend a period of at least three weeks in a third country in a Summer vacation.

How much will it cost me?

If you study at a partner university or universities in Europe, you will be on an Erasmus programme, supported by the EU. You will pay 15% of your tuition fees for the year (which is currently equal to £1350). You may also be eligible for Erasmus funding.

Recent changes to the status of assistants and work placement students now mean that, provided you work for the required period, you should also be eligible for the same fees waiver as Erasmus students. Furthermore, it is likely that as an assistant or work placement student, you will be receiving a salary.

How will the School help me prepare for my Year Abroad?

The subject group Modern Languages and its language sections try to prepare you for the year abroad in a series of events throughout the second year of your studies. Early on, the options for the year are outlined to you. Shortly afterwards, there will be a meeting for you with year 4 students who have ‘been there, done that’. You can ask them questions, and benefit from their advice. We also try to invite students from our exchange partner universities, so that they can tell you something about the cities they are familiar with. Furthermore, you can also consult questionnaires from past year-abroad students giving their advice on specific places and tips based on experience. You can also find some of their stories under the individual language pages on this part of the website.

If you are going to go for the language assistant option, you will have to complete your application form by the end of November. If you choose to go and study, you can make your decision regarding your university destination(s) slightly later, at the end of Semester 1 or early in Semester 2.

In the second semester, there will be further meetings, giving you advice on the assessments you have to complete for Hull. You will also be supplied with a language-specific Year Abroad booklet and the Year Abroad Assessment Handbook.

Students considering the language assistant route may also wish to take the year-long module 88053 Introduction to Language Teaching, which will provide you with lots of useful teaching strategies as well as an opportunity to practice your teaching skills.

Overall, and as far as we can, we try to ensure you are as well prepared as it is possible to be for the Year Abroad.

How is the Year Abroad assessed?

The Year Abroad counts for 10% towards your final degree classification, and is assessed by means of five written assignments and one oral exam, all in the language(s) you study.

The five written pieces are to be completed during your Year Abroad. They will grow in length and sophistication over the year and will deal with topics related to yourself, your activities in the foreign country and your observations of life in that country (or countries). If you study more than one language, the language in which you write a particular piece will largely depend on where you are based when that assignment is due.

Alongside each piece in the foreign language, you will also be asked to keep a reflective portfolio in English. Each written piece and its accompanying portfolio will constitute a separate 20 credit Year Abroad module, hence making up 100 of your 120 credits for the year.

The remaining 20 credits will come from an oral examination that you will take once you return from your Year Abroad. Those of you studying more than one language will nominate the language in which you wish to be examined. The orals will take place at the very start of your Final Year.

Can I be exempted from the Year Abroad?

Exceptionally, and if justified by personal circumstances, it is possible to be allowed exemption from the Year Abroad. Each request for exemption is considered as a special case, at the appropriate time.

General enquiries

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