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The MML Course

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


MML: The Year Abroad

MML students spend their third year abroad in one of three ways: they attend a foreign university, become an English-speaking assistant at a school, or in employment (which may be paid or unpaid). In the past, some have:

  • worked at a lifestyle TV channel in Paris
  • studied history at the Humboldt University in Berlin
  • taught English as a British Council assistant in Buenos Aries
  • completed an internship with Radio Vaticana

You have great freedom and flexibility (and support from the Faculty) in making your plans: you can tailor your third year abroad to suit your own interests and later career goals, providing you spend at least eight months abroad and are constantly immersed in one of the foreign languages you’re studying.

If you wish you can split the year between two countries, spending at least three months in any one country and a total of at least eight months abroad.

The Faculty offers advice and resources to help you make your plans, and remains a point of contact for support while you are away. 


The Year Abroad Project

You will also complete a 7-8,000 word independent research or translation project during this year on a topic of your choice, with guidance from a supervisor in Cambridge. Examples of recent projects include:

  • Collective memory and the urban space: 'sitios de memoria' in post-dictatorship Buenos Aires
  • Disciple and Dissident: Exploring the identity of Christian dissidents in the Soviet Union
  • Hip-hop as a Mode of Expression in the Russia-Ukraine conflict
  • A translation of extracts from 'Paris' by Émile Zola with introduction and translator's notes
  • More than Contact: an analysis of the influence of German on the development of West Slavic languages
  • The image of the witch in early modern Italy
  • Christian images of Muslims in medieval French and Spanish sources
  • Quantifying noun-noun compounds with regressive order in contemporary French
  • The New German Question: Defining European leadership since 1989/90

Find out more about the Year Abroad

The Fourth Year