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A little language can go a long way! You don’t have to be fluent, but the ability to hold a conversation and appreciate another culture is of real business value in the workplace.
The UK doesn’t send out nearly as many students abroad as it welcomes. How can the UK encourage its students to travel further afield to study? Zainab Malik explains the British Council's latest (June 2015) research on the subject. In the British Council's Broadening Horizons report (published June 2015), nearly 7,500 UK and US students were surveyed to understand their motivations for and apprehensions towards overseas study.
The following guide aims to answer any questions about the Erasmus+ programme
Or visit the About Erasmus+ webpage for more information.
You can read Making an impact in Erasmus+ to see a selection of project stories from 2015 demonstrating how UK organisations are making an impact as a result of the Erasmus+ and predecessor EU programmes.
The Online Linguistic Support (OLS) supports language learning for Erasmus+ mobility participants. OLS offers participants in Erasmus+ long-term mobility activities (Key Action 1) the opportunity to assess their skills in the foreign language(s) they will use to study, work or volunteer abroad. In addition, some selected participants may follow an online language course to improve their competence. Available in 6 languages – German, English, Spanish, French, Italian and Dutch.
If you've already successfully completed a first class degree or recognised equivalent level of education a Master’s Degree is your chance to really take your education to the highest level, and thanks to Erasmus+ you can finish your studies and get to travel at the same time. Set up on 1 January 2014, Erasmus+ offers an internationally recognized Joint Master’s Degree (JMD) in over thirty countries across the European Union.
By studying a Joint Master’s Degree you’ll be expanding and proving your knowledge of a subject while benefitting from the international expertise on that subject. You’ll meet new people, you’ll improve your language skills, and a Master’s Degree qualification on your CV will further demonstrate your academic prowess and help you stand out. A number of scholarships and loans are available to help finance your JMD.
See where your language skills could take you. The British Council English Language Assistant programme spans five continents, placing people in 14 countries around the world. Becoming a Language Assistant is an experience that will stay with you for life. As well as improving your language skills and exploring a community, you'll build your sense of independence and gain the satisfaction of firing young imaginations.
Listen to a young entrepreneur's experience of being a language assistant in China and why he would recommend taking the opportunity and find out how to apply.
There are a variety of options, whether you want to study in the UK or further afield in Europe.
Application process for the appointment of Language Assistants to Higher Education Institutions in Russia by the Scotland-Russia Forum through the St Petersburg Association for International Cooperation 2015-2016. Applicants should be graduates, or be about to graduate, ideally in Russian, although candidates with an interest in the country and willingness to begin learning Russian before taking up the post will be considered. Enquiries should be directed to Joe Wake at email@example.com.
Project Trust is an educational charity specialising in overseas volunteering in 34 countries for school-leavers aged 17-19. From their base on the Hebridean Isle of Coll, they annually select 280-300 young people from across the UK and Europe for year-long voluntary teaching and social care projects. Please note volunteers are required to raise their own funds.
To find out more about volunteering with Project Trust and placements available, you can visit the Project Trust website via the link above or listen to staff and volunteers talk about the organisation and their experiences on our Project Trust pages.
From 2015, UCAS will be including European universities in the admissions process. The Study in Europe website will help you make informed decisions about your studies in Europe with their unique database. Stay organized and compare all accredited programs by tuition fees, language, financial assistance, place and institution.
The following are a selection of interviews, articles and publications offering information and advice to those thinking of heading abroad.
Learning a language: mission possible! (Relocate Global magazine, 22 September 2016). Mastering a foreign language can seem complex and time-consuming, but a little regular practice can reap big rewards. Jade Huffman, Lori Fenneken and Renee Paczkowski, of Global LT, share their tips. The magazine also contains information and support for global mobility.
Brexit and Modern Languages (Oxford University blog, 26 June 2016) Following the news that Britain has voted to leave the European Union. What does it mean for Modern Languages as a subject, and for you as someone who may be considering studying a language at university?
Why Malia Obama is right to take a gap year (The Telegraph, 12 May 2016) The article's author explains why a gap year is a unique opportunity to grab hold of a host of new opportunities with both hands, whether it’s travelling, learning to code or doing a host of work experience placements and can help you decide whether university is the right route for you.
Travel broadens the mind, but can it alter the brain? (The Guardian, 18 January 2016) Studies suggest that taking a gap year or studying abroad can positively influence your brain to make you more outgoing and open to new ideas.
#YearOverHere Campaign - Third Year Abroad
ThirdYearAbroad.com's new #YearOverHere page will feature listings of foreign language resources and cultural events for the eight most studied languages in the UK, to help students to prepare themselves before their time abroad and to keep up their langu
Speak and Learn Project
This product is a multi-language interactive audio-visual product for learning languages. It is envisioned that the app will help young people adapt to a country to which they have travelled easily, efficiently and effectively and enrich the user's language.
Volunteer World - made for meaningful travel
Discover volunteer abroad opportunities in 70+ countries around the world
Why Study Abroad? | Erasmus Student Network
The International Exchange Erasmus Student Network aims to help you make an informed decision about going abroad and explains why Erasmus can change your life.
Change Agents | European Voluntary Service: Funded Volunteer Opportunities Abroad
Change Agents UK is an accredited sending organisation for the European Voluntary Service (EVS). This means that if you’re a young European citizen living in the UK and you are interested in participating in fully funded voluntary work to make a positive
Drop'pin @EURES | Drop'pin@EURES
A sub-site of the EURES portal, Drop'pin@EURES is the place for sharing European youth opportunities and includes blogs and discussion boards for help and advice.
The EURES portal gives you access to relevant workers mobility information, a job search facility and a network of more than 800 EURES Advisers who are waiting to help you find a job and prepare for living in another country within the EU.
Eurodesk can help you get the best out of Europe, whether you want to work, study, volunteer or just see more of the continent. Eurodesk is the only dedicated network that has representatives in countries across Europe, offering free advice and support to
Xchange Scotland | Volunteer in Scotland & Around The World
Xchange Scotland is part of the Alliance international network – that have a history going back to the 80s. Each organisation within this global network sends volunteers to other countries and host projects in their own countries. This website provides in
The site offers everything you need to know about studying, living and working abroad. Venture is managed and produced by Careers Europe, the UK’s National Resource Centre. Careers Europe has more than 20 years’ experience of working with students, career
EYS :: Ecumenical Youth Services
Ecumenical Youth Services is an international volunteer programme in Germany. Work camps provide an opportunity for young people (aged 18-26) from all over Europe to meet and work together in an international context on meaningful, socially relevant proje
Web portal for training provider vacancies for student work placement and volunteering opportunities abroad
European Commission - Education & Training
Portal from the European Commission containing links to a variety of education and training opportunities in Europe, such as Erasmus, Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci
Europa - European Youth Portal
An initiative from the European Union offering advice and information on work, study and volunteering opportunities for young people across Europe
Going Abroad? - University of Strathclyde
University of Strathclyde's student portal for information and advice on international study and exchange opportunities
Site with recent news, blogs, tips and trends from the world of travel. The site contains a section on Erasmus, offering tips and guides from students about undertaking an Erasmus programme and moving abroad
All you need to know about study and work abroad. UK higher education is committed to increasing the proportion of UK students with international experience. This website aims to support UK HE by providing the latest policy, research, statistics, case stu
International Citizen Service
ICS is a UK government-funded development programme which brings together 18-25 year olds from all backgrounds to fight poverty in overseas and UK communities.
Real Gap Experience
Opportunities for volunteering, teaching, internships and working abroad
STA Travel | Work Abroad
Working, learning and volunteering abroad is a great way to travel; you can learn a language, explore new cultures, pick up new skills and fund your adventure as you go along. For us, this is what travel is all about and we have hundreds of opportunities
'Language linking, global thinking’ is an initiative run by SCILT which links students who are about to embark on a year of study or voluntary work overseas with a class in a primary or secondary school in this country. The student corresponds with the class throughout the year, sharing their experiences of living abroad. Find out more about our students' experiences through their blogs. Not all the blogs have content yet. The *asterisked students have uploaded content and more will be added over the course of the year. Keep checking!
China: a crash course in personal development (British Council Voices blog, 17 February 2017) Kate Woodruff, who is taking part in the British Council's English Language Assistant programme, tells how moving to China has been a confidence-booster, particularly picking up the language and the satisfaction in being able to communicate.
Want to study abroad? Here’s why I went Danish and you should too (iNews, 15 February 2017) Studying abroad brings many advantages, but few people opt for Denmark. Lizzie Roberts explains why it worked for her, and what the British education system could learn.Study abroad: see the world and help your career (The Independent, 10 November 2016) Want to perk up your CV, see somewhere new and have an experience you’ll never forget? Study abroad while at university and, as Russ Thorne finds out, you can have all three.
How to learn the language when your course abroad is in English (Global Graduates, formerly Third Year Abroad, 29 September 2016) Lucy studies Law with Politics at the University of Sussex and has recently returned from a year abroad in Grenoble, France, where she was studying for a Certificate in French Law. Her course was taught in English, which made it hard to immerse herself in the language, so here's her advice about how to improve your foreign language skills abroad despite all the English you hear every day.
Studying abroad improves confidence and job prospects, say UK students (Study International, 18 August 2016) Studying abroad is well-known to be a rewarding experience, equipping students with life skills and practice that they wouldn’t be able to get if they hadn’t taken the leap. But don’t just take our word for it – in a recent report published by the British Council, UK students returning home from studying overseas shared how their lives changed for the better after venturing to foreign lands.
What's it really like to study for a postgrad degree in Europe? (The Guardian, 9 August 2016) British students, eager to broaden their horizons, are increasingly choosing to study in Europe. But is it worth the upheaval? Several students give their view and all seem to agree the answer is, yes!
Students studying abroad should learn the local language (The Crimson White, 27 July 2016) An American student tells how learning the language when studying abroad opens up experiences you may never otherwise have.
What's the use of French? (Lingotastic blog, 26 May 2016) On her final week of Erasmus Programme in Nantes, France, Jess shares her language learning journey and tells how at the start, when she was 12, she didn't see the point...and how that changed.
Anna Sowa’s EVS Story (Erasmus+, 3 May 2016) Marking the 20th anniversary of the European Voluntary Service (EVS), we followed the EVS story of one participant, Anna Sowa, whose life has been completely changed since becoming a volunteer.
What student life is really like at a Spanish university (The Guardian, 1 April 2016) Emily, a law student at the University of Bristol shares her experience of her year abroad in Valencia.
Go and work abroad – it could have career benefits you never imagined (The Guardian, 17 March 2016) Taking the leap can be daunting, but you’ll face challenges and pick up skills that will turn you into a desirable employee as outlined in this article.
Mathilde Ercolani – My development so far! (University of Southampton blog, 24 February 2016) An Erasmus student describes the skills she has gained and improved upon during her year abroad.
How living and working with Chileans has improved my Spanish (British Council Voices, 13 January 2016)
Things to remember when adjusting to teaching abroad (British Council Voices, 11 January 2016) Eddie Simmonds, an English language assistant in Rome, shares a few things you should remember if you find yourself in an unfamiliar place, hundreds of miles away from home. Several of his tips will also help improve your own foreign language skills.
Global Graduates (formerly Third Year Abroad)
A network of advice and support for students who study, work or volunteer abroad during their degree. Articles written by and for university students across the world
Europeers UK | Network of young people who have been involved in international programmes
Experiences of those who have studied or volunteered abroad
Volunteering with Project Trust: A parent's view - Project Trust
As a parent you will want to know what it’s like when your child volunteers with Project Trust. Claire Vuckovic, whose daughter Beth volunteered in Senegal in 2014/15, wrote about her experience as a volunteer’s parent.
Teach to Learn - Project Trust
Naomi Maher volunteered as a teacher in Xining, China. She says the educational process worked two ways, and she learned as much from her experience as a teacher as her pupils did from her.
EU careers insider: Reflecting on my time as a translation trainee - Third Year Abroad
This case study looks back at a student's experience of her translation traineeship in Luxembourg
European Youth Week: Three stories - YouTube
Three young people who took part in European mobility programmes talk about their experiences and what advice they have if you’re thinking about taking a similar opportunity. Whilst the second speaker was a language student already, the third wasn't, but
Four things you can learn as a language assistant abroad | British Council
This account from a Scottish English Language Assistants working in Italy gives a good account of some of the benefits of outward mobility and the opportunities that come with language learning.
Meet the study abroad bloggers | University of Southampton
Six humanities students share their stories and advice from their study or work abroad placements
On Location Languages — Radiolingua
Weekly articles from a team of student bloggers who are studying or working in France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Sweden
The global student
The Guardian newspaper's hub for all students who have chosen to study far from home. The global student might be an international student coming to the UK to study, or a UK student looking for experiences abroad. The global student may well be you
My Top 10 Tips for Learning a Foreign Language | The Well-Travelled Postcard
How to take full advantage of your year abroad to learn or improve your language skills
Year Abroad Graduate Case Studies - Third Year Abroad
View 100 short reports from graduates on the importance that the year abroad has had for them. Search for articles by degree course, career or placement type
Go International, Go International (2016)
Improved outcomes for mobile students compared to their non-mobile peers:
European Commission, (2014)
Sibylle Ratz and Christine Penman, SCILT (2014)
This study demonstrates how students form graduate attributes whilst abroad:
British Academy, (2012)
Laurence Giraud-Johnstone, SCILT (2012)
European Commission, (2011)
The three most important benefits students say they derived from mobility:
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