• How do I apply?

At the University of Southampton, students who wish to study in Europe during their Residency Abroad are required to do so under the terms of the ERASMUS study scheme. Modern language students at the University of Southampton will receive a form at the end of October in their second year of study with the study placement options available, which must be completed and returned by the end of November. See a full list of Modern Languages partner universities available at the University of Southampton here.

Non Modern Language students will be informed of the opportunities available by the individual academic unit during your first and second year. You must study in a faculty or academic unit which has a link with a partner international institution and be nominated by your faculty or academic unit to take part in the scheme.

  • Do I need to be able to speak the language of the host country?

Modern Language students must attend a university in a country where the target language is spoken and receive instruction in the target language, as the year abroad counts as one stage of the Common European Framework.

Non Modern Language students are not required to speak a foreign language when applying to study abroad, however more destinations are available to those who can. The majority of the University of Southampton partner institutions in East and Southeast Asia, Australasia and North America teach in English, and therefore the ability to speak the native language is not a prerequisite.

  • Can I choose where I go?

Modern Language students may have several options available to them and therefore a preference of universities can be expressed.

Non Modern Language students’ opportunities will be dependent on their faculty and the partnerships which exist and placements can be highly competitive.

  • When will I find out where I’m going?

Modern Language students at the University of Southampton will find out where they will spend their year abroad in February of their second year.