Students registered for a languages degree will be registered for either the Mode A or Mode B programme:

Mode A – registered as a student for 5 years, with the whole of year 3 abroad

Mode B – registered as a student for 4 years with one semester of year 3 abroad

If you are unsure of your current registration, or wish to amend it, please contact a Registry Officer in the Infohub.

Please note this does not apply to students of European Studies who are registered for a 4 year degree programme

Intention Form - Deadline 15 October

Confirmation Form - Deadline 15 April

Single Honours in one language

Mode A spend a full academic year abroad either as:

  • a Language Assistant through an ELA British Council Placement
  • a student on an exchange programme (Erasmus/Swiss-European Mobility Programme/International Exchange Programme)
  • undertaking an approved work placement

Mode B move from Level 2 to Junior Honours directly. The second semester of your Junior Honours year will be spent studying at a partner institution (Erasmus/Direct/Swiss-European Mobility Programme/International Exchange Programme). If students have specific reasons for wishing to spend an alternative semester abroad they must seek the approval of the Undergraduate Programme Co-ordinator. Mode B is currently only applicable to French & Francophone Studies.

Joint Honours in a language + a non-language subject

Mode A spend a full academic year abroad either as:

  • a Language Assistant through an ELA British Council placement
  • a student on an exchange programme (Erasmus/Swiss-European Mobility Programme/International Exchange Programme)
  • undertaking an approved work placement

Please note that students registered for a Joint Honours degree with either Accountancy, Geography or Mathematical Sciences must follow the Mode A programme.

Mode B move from Level 2 to Junior Honours directly. The second semester of your Junior Honours year will be spent studying at a partner institution (Erasmus/Swiss-European Mobility Programme). If students have specific reasons for wishing to spend an alternative semester abroad they must seek the approval of the Undergraduate Programme Coordinator.

Joint Honours in two languages

Candidates for Joint Honours in two languages must spend at least one full academic semester in the countries in which their language is spoken. Such residence should normally be continuous in each case and should take place after level 2.

To fulfil the residence abroad requirements students may:

  • Spend the first semester in the country of one of your languages and the second semester in the other, either as:
  • a Language Assistant through an ELA British Council Placement
  • a student on an exchange programme (Erasmus/Swiss-European Mobility Programme/International Exchange Programme)
  • undertaking an approved work placement

Please note: Due to the semester dates, students taking Joint Honours in two languages including German, and intending to study for one semester at a German university, should go to Germany in the second semester.

European Studies with one language

European Studies students with one language must spend a full academic year abroad, normally studying at a partner university (Erasmus/Swiss-European Mobility Programme/International Exchange Programme).

European Studies with two languages

European Studies students with two languages must spend at least one full academic semester in each of the countries in which their languages are spoken. Such residence should normally be continuous, studying one semester at a partner university where one of the languages is spoken, and the second semester at a different partner university where the other is spoken (Erasmus/Swiss-European Mobility Programme/International Exchange Programme).

Please note: Due to the semester dates, students taking two languages including German, and intending to study for one semester at a German university, should go to Germany in the second semester.