Studying abroad is an option for students of all disciplines at The University of Sheffield except for those studying Journalism and Psychology, and it is compulsory for students studying Aerospace Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Languages, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and International Business Management. Here are some useful contacts and links to find out more about your options...
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Complete linguistic immersion on your year abroad can turn a language barrier into one of your biggest advantages. Being fluent in a foreign language has innumerable benefits in both your personal and professional life. If you discover you have an aptitude for and enjoy language learning, it’s worth considering an entrepreneurial career that takes advantage of your language skills, such as starting up a language school, a tourism agency or a translating and interpreting business. Here is an interview with Claire Lucia Grant, Founder of Claire L Grant Language Services.
Have you done a work placement abroad? If so, we have a unique opportunity for you to win a ticket to the launch event of the ThirdYearAbroad.com Careers Platform this Friday evening (22nd) at a smart location in Central London, and meet employers from top UK and global businesses, from Goldman Sachs to the Guardian.
Maya studied Spanish at Leeds Metropolitan University, and spent her year abroad as a Language Assistant at a secondary school in Spain. She is now working as a Quality Assurance Manager for a translation agency.
The year abroad is a weird and wonderful thing. Weird, because you don't realise how much creative control you have had over it until you're back at university sitting your finals, and wonderful too - because whether or not you've had a great time, you have DONE IT. You've lived outside your comfort zone, you've survived, and you've had one hell of an experience. Here are some Q&As to help you understand the basics.
You know what it’s like to arrive in a new country and feel lost, or to try and communicate with someone without speaking their language, or to try to use a new product without understanding the instructions, or to misunderstand foreign paperwork – imagine how useful it would be to have a middle man who understands what you’re going through and can make it easier for you. As someone who knows and appreciates two languages and two cultures, you can act as a bridge between them for people. You can help them to buy a house abroad, communicate with foreign tradesmen, visit cultural sites, organise a wedding abroad or negotiate business dealings, and you are in a unique position to do so. Here's an interview with James Martin, Founder of All Abroad.
Your year abroad gives you a unique opportunity to travel. You can take advantage of extensive university holidays and cheap student travel deals to explore your new destination and the surrounding cities and countries. Your experience travelling will open your eyes to other cultures and may even spark a business idea. Here is an interview with Dominic Eden, the Founder of Gadabouting, a luxury travel inspiration service that connects you to specialist travel agencies and high-end hotels, so you can plan your trip with all their expertise.
If you fancy improving your language skills, studying abroad as part of your degree or getting international industry experience on a work placement then British Council Study Work Create is the one stop shop to find what you’re looking for.
Dazzled by all your options? Try out our quiz to help you pick the opportunity that's right for you.
Hannah studied French and Italian at Durham University, and spent her year abroad working as a Language Assistant in Tuscany, Italy, and working in a hotel in France. She is now working for an American software company, dealing with their sales to the Italian market.