- Where can I go?
This is dependent on your university and degree course. At the University of Southampton, students who wish to study during their Residency Abroad are required to do so under the terms of the ERASMUS study scheme. Southampton has ERASMUS exchange agreements with Universities in several EU countries including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. Non ERASMUS universities in Latin America are also available, a full list of study placements at the University of Southampton can be found here. You cannot attend a University with which an exchange agreement does not exist.
- What can I study?
This is dependent on your course and the host institute that you attend. Modern Language students from the University of Southampton have to register for courses worth 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) for the full year and in each semester you must take a language module in the language of the country that you are studying in. Language students must take modules that are appropriate to their level and those who study 2 or more languages must keep up their second and third language whilst abroad. All content courses must be appropriate to your degree of study therefore Combined Honours students should take at least one course in their other subject in each semester. Modern Language students cannot begin a new language during their Residency Abroad.
For non ML students at the University of Southampton if you choose to study abroad you will continue your degree programme at a partner overseas university.
- What are the benefits of a study placement?
Taking a year abroad is a great opportunity to meet new people, discover new cultures, travel and learn new things. Studying whilst abroad gives you the opportunity to meet other people who are of a similar age to socialise with and practice the language. Experiencing a different culture, meeting new people from around the world and overcoming challenges can develop skills that will help you in your future career. Study placements, whether they are for a semester or a year will include holiday time which gives you the opportunity to travel the area and take advantage of your time abroad. Study placements will also be more familiar than starting a work placement as you will be transferring from one university to another.
- Will I receive any funding?
ERASMUS students receive a small mobility grant.
- If I study outside of Europe, will I still get a grant?
Eligible students going outside the EU will also be given £500 non-repayable grant from the University of Southampton to provide additional support as they do not receive the Erasmus grant.