Residence Abroad

All students taking an Honours course in German are required to spend a period of time in a German-speaking country. There are basically three ways in which students can fulfil the residence requirement:

  1. By working as a teaching assistant in a German or Austrian school.
  2. By studying at a German, Austrian or Swiss university.
  3. By doing a work placement.


Residence Requirement

Candidates for Single Honours in German Studies (Mode A) or for Joint Honours (Mode A) in German and a subject other than French or Hispanic Studies must spend at least one academic session (9 months) in a German-speaking country. Such residence should normally be continuous.

Candidates for Single Honours in German Studies (Mode B) or Joint Honours (Mode B) in German and a subject other than French or Hispanic Studies must spend at least half an academic session in a German-speaking country. Such residence should normally be continuous.

Candidates for Joint Honours in German and either French or Hispanic Studies must spend at least half an academic session in a German-speaking country and half an academic session in a country where French or Hispanic Studies is spoken. Such residence should normally be continuous in each case.

Candidates for German with Film Studies (Mode A) must spend at least one academic session (9 months) in a German-speaking country. Such residence should normally be continuous.

For all Mode A degree programmes periods of residence abroad should normally be completed before entry to the Junior Honours year.


 Assistantships

Working as an English-language assistant (ELA) or a teaching assistant (Comenius). 

Administered on the British side by the British Council, the assistantship scheme provides for the exchange of foreign-language assistants between Britain and various countries such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland. During the first term of each year a representative of the British Council visits Aberdeen to address students interested in taking up an ELA or Comenius assistantship at a school abroad. The representative outlines what is expected of an assistant in a German/ Austrian/Swiss school and describes probable salary and accommodation arrangements, and also explains the whole application procedure. 

Students should fill in the forms carefully and supply good quality photographs, particularly as one of the copies of their application, together with one of the photographs submitted, will be passed on to the German/Austrian/Swiss authorities.

Note: only native speakers of English are eligible for ELA assistantships. The Comenius teaching assistantship is offered to students from all European countries.  


 Studying at a German, Austrian or Swiss University

The University of Aberdeen has Erasmus exchange agreements with a number of excellent universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For more information visit the University's Erasmus page.  


Work placements

The German Department may be able to help you find an internship in Germany or Austria, but we cannot guarantee a placement. Please discuss your options with the Year Abroad co-ordinator.