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Year Abroad

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Thinking about your Year Abroad

The Year Abroad forms an integral part of your Cambridge course. It is worth spending time and effort in planning it so that it fulfills your expectations and requirements.

The Faculty Year Abroad Office is here to help you, so please do not hesitate to consult our records and ask for advice.

You may spend your Year Abroad in one or more of the following ways:

  • Teaching
  • Studying
  • In paid or unpaid employment

You should begin to think about how you will spend your Year Abroad (normally the third year of your course) as early as possible, and certainly as soon as your second year begins. A Faculty meeting is organized for all second year students at the very beginning of Michaelmas Term, and you should make it a priority to attend.

The more thorough your preparation, the more successful and satisfying your year will be. In your plans you should bear the following in mind:

  • How can my Year Abroad contribute to my Part II course, especially to my Year Abroad project and the Part II oral?
  • How can I best gain practical experience of the foreign language and culture?
  • How can I gain in personal development? Which of the options would be best suited to me? Teaching, studying or working?
  • How might I gain useful experience for my future career?


What will I have to pay?

  • If you are a home student you will pay a tuition fee contribution to Cambridge.  For 2020-21 this is 15% (£1385)
  • If you are an overseas student you will pay 50% of the university fee to Cambridge.
  • You will not pay any tuition fees to your host institution but you will have to pay your living costs and any small fees that the institution charges their home students (insurance, university card, travel pass etc)
  • Relevant visa application fees.
  • You will be eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans during your year abroad.

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