Watch videos of students who studied abroad. They talk about the skills and
confidence they have gained and the impact their time abroad had on their lives.
Study abroad is extremely worthwhile and
enjoyable both socially and educationally. All Essex students have the
opportunity to spend time studying abroad during their course.
As well as experiencing life in another country, your study abroad
experience can help you in your future career. You can show future employers
your inter-cultural understanding and independence, and that you are
adventurous, open to new ideas and methods of working.
More and more students are enjoying spending a period of study in another
country as part of their studies.
Essex Abroad is for the go-getters, the
jet-setters, the explorers and adventurers. Get a glimpse of this life-changing
experience, develop a genuine world view and prepare for life as a global
Modern languages year abroad
Work as a language assistant
If you're a native speaker of English you may be eligible* to apply for a
salaried post as an English Language Assistant. You'll be under contract
with the British Council.
You work at a school and have to complete coursework for the Department.
*Check British Council webpages for
You can study at one of our partner universities in Europe or Latin
America. You enrol as a full-time student, completing a full year at a host
Partner universities include:
- France: Lyon 3, Montpellier and Nice
- Germany: Berlin FUB, Trier and Konstanz
- Italy: Bologna, Cagliari and Urbino
- Portugal: Coimbra - Brazil: Florianopolis and
- Spain: Murcia, Madrid, Cadiz, Santiago de
Compostela, Almeria, Granada
- Argentina: Cordoba
- Chile: Santiago
- Colombia: Bogotá
- Mexico: Mérida and Monterrey
- Uruguay: Montevideo
- Peru: Lima
Study and work abroad
Develop your language skills by spending a year studying and working
If you’re on a four-year course with modern languages in our Department,
you can take our module, Study and Work Placement Year Abroad, in
your third year. For one term, you study at a university abroad, followed by
at least 16 weeks working with an organisation in the same country.
This unique experience allows you to apply what you’ve learnt in the
classroom to a work environment, to develop your language skills by
communicating with students, staff and colleagues and increase your cultural
awareness of the country you're living in. Your international experience in
both an academic and work environment will also help you stand out when
applying for jobs.
English language and linguistics abroad
If you take any English language and
linguistics or English language
teaching course, you may choose a four-year version which includes a
year abroad. Most students taking a three-year course have the option to
spend a term abroad.
Planning your study abroad
- We offer various scholarships and funding opportunities to help you with the costs of studying abroad.
- You start to plan your study abroad in your first year at Essex. Useful
links include Essex Abroad, the Students' Union
Year Abroad Society, the
British Council and a list of partner universities.
- If you study two languages to final honours level, you need to spend a
16-week period abroad in the country of your second language. There are no
specific requirements about how this time is spent.