Hands-on teaching experience in Spain, studying or working for a year? That is the question. What about doing all three at the same time? Meddeas’ Language Assistant Programmes are a great opportunity to plunge into Spain while gaining transferable international skills. Becoming a Language Assistant will enhance your possibilities of learning a new language and experiencing a different culture.
We are incredibly excited to discover that so many of you are Instagramming your year abroad adventures and using the hashtag #thirdyearabroad! Over 2,000 wonderful photographs!! Here are the latest :)
Ellie Davis has just finished her year abroad as a Language Assistant in Germany, and has written this brilliant song about her experiences...
The Year Abroad Awards 2015 are designed to celebrate and reward UK students who have spent time working, studying or volunteering abroad during their degree. The ten categories have been carefully selected to showcase the qualities that epitomise a year abroad student - creativity, bravery, ingenuity, a global mindset and a sense of humour! The deadline is on 13th September 2015. New sponsors and prizes to be announced!
Meeting students who have recently returned from foreign placements is a fantastic way to kickstart your year abroad research and enthusiasm - you can ask your burning questions and see their excitement (or not?) for the destination you're considering. International Office staff are on hand to explain your options, and it's also useful to hear from visiting graduate speakers and careers advisors who will help you get your head in the game. We are working with Routes into Languages to put together listings of upcoming events and activities to inform you about studying and working abroad during your degree course, but please do get in touch if you have any events to add to the list!
Judy Verses is the President of Global Enterprise and Education for Rosetta Stone responsible for all institutional business across all geographies. She holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and was a winner of the Washington Business Journal Award for "Women Who Mean Business" in 2009. She was recently announced as a Finalist in the Women In Technology annual ‘Women in Leadership Awards’. We leapt at the chance to interview her and find out more about her plans for Rosetta Stone and her thoughts on the year abroad, language education and global opportunities for linguists.
Thanks to Routes into Languages, I was lucky enough to attend a talk about careers for linguists at GCHQ: my secret dream alternate career. (Though now I’ve told you that, there’s no chance whatsoever.) In fact, I’m quite excited by the fact that GCHQ’s Cyber team are obviously going to read this article to check that I’m not causing trouble, so - Hi guys! Keep up the good work :) Here's a roundup of GCHQ: what they do, whether or not they have a license to kill, why languages are important, what GCHQ linguists do, the experience and skills they are looking for, what a graduate role involves, plus top advice and tips for applying for a graduate role.
Idioma is a fashion brand which fuses world languages and unique design to encourage multiculturalism and a fascination with foreign languages. They are offering Year Abroaders a massive 25% off their full range of men and women's clothing!