Residence Requirement

All students taking an Honours course in French are required to spend a period of time in a French-speaking country. Candidates for Single Honours in French & Francophone Studies (Mode A) or for Joint Honours (Mode A) in French and a subject other than German or Spanish & Latin American Studies must spend at least one academic session in a French-speaking country. Such residence should normally be continuous.

Candidates for Single Honours in French & Francophone Studies (Mode B) or Joint Honours (Mode B) in French and a subject other than German or Spanish & Latin American Studies should normally spend the second half-session of their Junior Honours year in a French-speaking country. Such residence should normally be continuous.

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

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).

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 France, Senegal and Switzerland. 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 host country's authorities.

Note: only native speakers of English are eligible for ELA assistantships.  

Studying at a French-speaking University

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

Work Placements

The French Department may be able to help you find an internship in France or Belgium, but we cannot guarantee a placement. Please complete the form below and discuss your options with the Year Abroad co-ordinator.

  • Work Placement Form - Prior to the start of your independent work placement, you must complete the Independent Study Form in full, detailing the work placement you will be undertating at the host organisation. You should then have the completed form signed by your Go Abroad Tutor and host organisation before returning it to the School Office in person of via email (Taylor A13 or langlit.school@abdn.ac.uk).
  • Independent Confirmation of Arrival - Once you have arrived at your host organisation, please complete the contact details and present the form to your supervisor for a signature. Once complete, return the form within 2 weeks of your arrival via email to both your Go Abroad Tutor and the School Office (langlit.school@abdn.ac.uk).
French Year Abroad Contacts

Year Abroad Tutors

Erasmus - Dr Bruno Tribout (outgoing students), Dr Roger Ravet (incoming students)

Go Abroad Team

Erasmus Unit - erasmus@abdn.ac.uk