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Year Abroad Graduate Case Studies

The British Academy and University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) want to demonstrate the value of the year abroad to UK graduates and to potential funding bodies.

They have gathered over six hundred short reports from graduates on the importance that the year abroad has had for them, in terms of their skill set, their careers and their lives, to put together a position statement entitled "Valuing the Year Abroad", which launched on 27th March 2012 and is available to download here.* has helped to collect and analyse the data, and has made 100 of the best case studies available online below...

You can search the reports by: 
Career | Degree Course | Placement Type | University | Year of Graduation

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From job-hunting with an impressive CV to high-flying international jobs; search the year abroad graduate case studies by career, and mouseover for more information before clicking.

Academia and Research
Fellowship at Harvard
Lecteur, MA student and freelance Film Journalist
PhD students
MA students
Professeur Agrégé in France
Researcher at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
Market Researcher

Consultants and Advisers
International Management Consultant
Immigration Consultant
Adviser at the Citizens' Advice Bureau
Senior Recruitment Consultant

Engineering, Design and IT
Renault UK Graduate Trainee
Software Developer
Graphic Designer in Chemnitz
Web Developer for

Interpreter for Miss World 2011
Host of comedy and music events in Berlin
Charter broker’s assistant for a Luxury Yacht Management Company in Monaco
Foreign language film subtitling and dubbing
Disneyland Paris employee
Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model contestant and actress

Founder of an English Academy in Germany
Co-Founder of an organisation bringing secure internet communication to environmental and human rights activists in West Sumatra and West Papua
Co-Founder of 'Talk to Me London'
Founder of dance company 'Kolesk Dance'

Secondment to the European Commission
European Commission Representative in the UK
European Programme Manager
EU Official at the European Commission in Brussels
Lawyer-Linguist at the Court of Justice of the European Communities in Luxembourg
European Renewable Energy Researcher

NHS Manager

International Development, NGOs and Charities
NGO worker
Fundraiser for an International Development charity
Researcher and planner for international aid projects focusing on delivering educational resources for impoverished children in Asia
International Development and CSR Manager in Paris
Social policy consultant for the UNICEF research centre in Florence
Employee at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin

Interpreting and Translation
Freelance translator
Translator for Siemens

Law, Finance and Civil Service
Law student
Trainee Solicitor
Chartered Accountant
Civil Servant
PA in a Paris Law Firm

Media, Journalism and Publishing

Bilingual Producer at the BBC World Service
Director of the Prison Radio Association
Features Commissioning Editor at a UK newspaper
Virgin Media Business Executive
Journalist at BBC Sport
Global Press Officer at the Financial Times
Journalist and Sub Editor for The Sunday Times
Wine Journalist and Consultant
Publishing Agent
Academic Editor and Translator
International Broadcaster at Deutsche Welle in Bonn
Journalist for a French broadcaster

Police and Armed Forces

Ambulance Service by day and Special Constable for Manchester Police by night
Police Officer
French-speaking Police Officer
Interpreter in the Forces
Officer serving on operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan

Property and Construction
Property Planning Consultant for Savilles
Construction Planner in Brazil
Compliance Analyst for a Property Management Company in California

Sales, PR, Marketing and Management
Marketing for LEGO
Brand Manager at Boots UK
PR agent
International Sales Manager
Senior Bookseller at Waterstones
Market Research Coordinator
German-speaking Sales and Marketing Assistant
German-speaking role at Procter and Gamble

Assistant Headteacher

Travel and Holidays
German-speaking cabin crew member for a UK airline
Corporate Project Manager for Holidaybreak
Pilot for an airline in Hong Kong
Staff Photographer for Princess Cruises

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Chinese & German

Single Honours French | French & BusinessFrench & ComputingFrench & DramaFrench & Economics | French & English | French & Geography | French & German | French & History | French & International ManagementFrench & Italian | French & Maths | French & Russian | French & Sociology | French & Spanish

Single Honours German | German & Business | German & English | German & EU Studies | German & French | German & History | German & LinguisticsGerman & PortugueseGerman & Russian

Indonesian & Politics

Single Honours Italian | Italian & French | Italian & History of Art

Japanese & Commerce

Computer Science | European Studies | International Business and ManagementPhotography

Portuguese & German

Single Honours RussianRussian & French | Russian & German

Single Honours Spanish | Spanish & Business | Spanish & English | Spanish & French | Spanish & HistorySpanish & LawSpanish & Management

Some of the best quotes from the project


[View the presentation on the SlideShare website]

*This project has been funded by the British Academy and managed by in association with the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML).
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The report in full:


And finally: our favourite quote from the whole project:

"Nothing that I can write can truly justify the immense emotional transformation I have undergone. I have become French. I have the conscience, the reflections, the social codes and the cultural references of a 22 year old girl, fiercely proud of her Yorkshire roots and the fact that her country produced Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan, Monty Python and The Rolling Stones and those of a 22 year old Montmartoise who complains about the metro, smokes like a chimney and adores the word play in George Brassens’ lyrics, roars with laughter at the films of Louis de Funes and goes weak at the knees at the sight of Eugene Delacroix’s ‘Liberty leading the people’." (Kate-Marie, now an English teacher) Read more>>

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