Opportunities to study in Spain and Latin America Opportunities to study in Spain and Latin America

Your entry level, the degree programme and Honours language(s) you study will determine how you spend your Year Abroad.

  • If Spanish is your single Honours language, you must spend a minimum of 30 weeks in a Spanish-speaking country between your second and final year. If you are a double honours student and are taking French and Spanish from A-Level, you will normally split the year between two countries where those languages are spoken.
  • If you are enrolled on a double honours programme and studying French, Spanish or Japanese from below A level, you will spend spend 25 weeks in the country of the weaker language (but continue taking classes in the stronger language) and 10 weeks in the country of your stronger language.

Teaching assistants are appointed through the British Council on our recommendation. There are around 550 posts in Spain at secondary and primary schools, and state language schools. The period of appointment is from 1 October to 31 May and assistants work 12 hours per week. Candidates must be native English speakers.

If you are appointed through the Spanish Ministry of Education, you will be invited to a 2-day induction course in Spain in late September. Applying for an assistantship implies a strong commitment and is a form of contract.

Teaching assistants receive an allowance and in a few cases accommodation is provided by the school.  They currently also receive an Erasmus grant and may be eligible for a tuition fee waiver.

If you choose this option, you will need to decide early in your second year as applications have to be at the British Council by 1 December.

Further information on being a language assistant can be found on the British Council website.

Studying at a Spanish University

You can study at a university in Spain as part of the EC Erasmus scheme – further details can be found on the  UEA International Office website

Our exchange partners include Alcalá de Henares, Alicante, Castilla La Mancha Ciudad Real campus, Granada, Madrid at either Universidad Autonoma de Madrid or Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Salamanca, Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Universidad de  Murcia, Zaragoza and Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, Madrid.  

Spanish semesters run from about mid-September to mid-January and February to June. 

Studying at a university in Latin America

You can study in Mexico at one of two exchange universities: Universidad de las Americas (UDLA) in Puebla and Universidad de Guadalajara (UDG). The academic year in Mexico begins in mid-August.

We also have an exchange agreement with the Universidad de Concepción in Chile.

If you would like to investigate studying at another university in Latin America, we are happy to help you explore this in more detail. 

Work placements in Spanish-speaking countries

You may prefer to find a work placement and many students regard this as a highly worthwhile way of spending time abroad. You should bear in mind that Spain is a country of high unemployment and it may not be easy to find paid work. Work placements must be approved by us before any contracts are signed. If your work placement is in Europe, you should also receive an Erasmus grant and may be eligible for a tuition fee waiver (reviewed annually)  

We have links with a number of high-quality NGOs in Latin America where our students have enjoyed the opportunity to engage in rewarding and enriching voluntary work. In particular, we have built a strong link with SKIP in Peru.