The Year Abroad - a unique opportunity The Year Abroad - a unique opportunity

The Year Abroad is a fantastic opportunity for you to live, work and study in one or more different countries, while having the full support of your degree course staff and the University. Students who have experienced the Year Abroad typically return saying it was the best year of their life so far. It not only helps in their personal and professional development, but is invaluable for gaining transferable useful skills, become more self-confident and for making friends of different nationalities and learning to live in another culture. The Year Abroad is also invaluable when entering employment market. The increased maturity and the intercultural awareness developed on the Year Abroad are key factors in producing confident and flexible graduates who are thus especially attractive to employers Government figures also consistently show that language graduates are among the most employable and most highly paid of all graduates, with lower unemployment rates than even business studies and IT graduates because of the mix of skills -- especially communication skills and adaptability -- which a language degree with a year abroad develops. Your entry level, the degree programme and honours language(s) you are studying will determine how your year abroad is spent.

Semester Abroad

Students on a 3 year course with French or Spanish will spend the Spring semester of their second year at a partner university. 

Native speakers 

If you are a highly proficient native or near-native speaker of French or Spanish taking the fast track three year degree course, then you are normally exempted from the compulsory Year Abroad. 


Fees for the Year and Semester Abroad

  • Fees to UEA for students on a full Year Abroad are currently reduced to 15% of the full tuition fee (Home / EU students), or 25% (International students).  Different conditions apply to the semester abroad – please contact us for further information
  • No tuition fees are payable to partner universities
  • Students on the Erasmus scheme normally receive a small grant from the EU which funds the scheme, and students teaching or working also receive the Erasmus grant in addition to their salary.  Eligibility to Erasmus grant funding is subject to change or removal as a result of Brexit negotiations by the UK Government.

Study Abroad Office

The Study Abroad Office is an essential part of the administration required for the Year or Semester Abroad and the staff are there to provide information and advice and oversee applications. We continue to provide these and other services while students are abroad.

For further information or queries, please contact the Study Abroad Team on +44 (0)1603 591871, or by emailing



We maintain strong relationships with these universities across France, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, Latin America and Japan for our French, Spanish and Japanese language students:



ISIT Intercultural School                                                                                

Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University                                                                   

Université de Lorraine                                                                                   

Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis                                                         

University of Corsica                                                                                      

University of Tours                                                                                         

University Toulouse - Jean Jaurès                                                             

Université Paris Diderot #                                                                             

Université Grenoble Alpes                                                                          

University of Reunion Island                                                                       

University of Geneva                                                                                    

Université Laval Quebec 



Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción                                               

UDLAP Universidad de las Americas Puebla                                         

University of Guadalajara                                                                            

ORT Uruguay University                                                                               

Nebrija University                                                                                           

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid                                                                            

Universidad de Granada                                                                               

Universidad Pablo de Olavide of Seville                                         

University of Alcalá                                                                                         

University of Alicante                                                                                    

University of Castilla-La Mancha (Ciudad Real)                                   

University of Murcia                                                                                       

University of Salamanca                                                                                            

University of Zaragoza                                                                                   



Akita International University                                                                    

Gakushuin University                                                                                    

Hokkaido University                                                                                       

International Christian University                                                               

Kansai University                                                                                            

Kobe College                                                                                                     

Meiji University                                                                                                

Meiji-Gakuin University                                                                               

Okayama University                                                                                       

Osaka University                                                                                      

Ritsumeikan University 

Ryukoku University                                                                                        

Sophia University                                                                                           

Waseda University                                                                                         

Yokohama National University                       

France/French Speaking Countries



Spain and Latin America