The Year Abroad is a valuable experience for all students of German. Not only does it increase our students' employment chances significantly, it is also regarded by all our students as a great step forward in their personal development.
For their Year Abroad (or part of their year abroad for two-language students), students of German at Queen Mary can choose between:
- ERASMUS+ Study Placement at one of our partner universities in a German-speaking country,
- ERASMUS+ Work Placement (including British Council Language Assistantship) in a German-speaking country,
- Independent Studies in a German-speaking country,
- Independent Work Placement in a German-speaking country.
The European University Exchange Programme: ERASMUS+ Study Placement in a German-speaking country
All students regardless of nationality or fee status are eligible to participate in the EU-financed ERASMUS+ Exchange Programme.
The Department of German has 10 partner universities where our students can study for either one academic year, i.e. nine months, or one semester if they are splitting their Year Abroad.
ERASMUS+ Work Placement including British Council Language Assistantship in a German-speaking country
All students regardless of nationality or fee status are eligible to participate in the EU-financed ERASMUS+ work scheme if they wish to gain work experience by completing a work placement (paid or unpaid) in a German-speaking country in the European Union or Switzerland. The Department of German is able to assist students in obtaining work opportunities with some of our prominent business and media partners such as Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Bosch, Haribo and Suhrkamp. For further information please see
Students who are native-level speakers of English, who hold a European Union passport and who have completed their secondary education in the UK can be given the opportunity to apply through the British Council for an English Language Assistantship. Students then work in schools or universities in a German-speaking country, assisting with the teaching of English (on average 12 hours per week) and acting as ambassadors for British culture. The British Council offers assistantships in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (German-speaking). The assistantship runs normally for seven months English language assistants are paid (the salary varies from country to country) and are also eligible for the ERASMUS+ grant.
Independent Studies in a German-speaking country
Students who wish to study independently, i.e. outside the ERASMUS+ Exchange Programme, can of course do so in any German-speaking country. Students who wish to pursue this option must discuss their choice of institution and programme with the Year Abroad Co-ordinator for German. Once the Year Abroad Co-ordinator for German has validated their placement and once the assessment procedures have been clearly established, students will have to apply to the institution they are interested in independently. The SLLF can provide documents to support their application if this is required.
Independent Work Placement in a German-speaking country
Students who wish to complete a work placement in a German-speaking country outside the European Union are invited to do so. For further information please see Work Placements.
If you have any questions with regard to the above, you can contact the Year Abroad Coordinator for German, Dr Martina Deny.