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The Year Abroad
Did you know?
In the recently established UK Erasmus European quality awards, Kent was one of the first seven UK universities to be awarded the E-quality label for its Erasmus programmes.
The Erasmus programme, funded by the European Union, gives you the opportunity to study your subject at a partner university in another European country (see Where can I go?). Kent has links with a very large number of universities and the list is growing and being updated all the time.
The Erasmus programme has recently been extended to include eligible students on degrees with an industrial or sandwich year, who undertake placements in the EU and other eligible countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey). This includes students taking single or joint honours modern language degrees or European Studies (Humanities) who wish to organise a work placement or work as a British Council Language Assistant in an EU country.
Erasmus is a reciprocal scheme, so students from universities in Europe come to study at Kent. This means you have the chance to meet and talk to students from your chosen destination country before you travel, and to practise your language skills.
This scheme is open to all students from the UK and other EU/EEA countries aiming to spend a year in Europe.
Under present arrangements, the Erasmus year does not incur tuition fees for UK/EU students (see Fees and funding).
The experience at the University of Indiana was one of a kind. Going so far from home, immersing myself in a completely different culture and facing new educational systems was stimulating and proved to be very enriching.
Some degree programmes offer the opportunity to study or work outside Europe. Kent has links with a growing number of institutions in Argentina, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Peru, Thailand, Uruguay and the USA.
You may be able to opt for working in a non-EU country if you take one of our degrees that includes a 'sandwich year' or Year in Industry. Students taking a single or joint honours degree in French or Spanish can also opt to undertake a work placement or British Council Language Assistantship outside the EU.
These study and work placements are not part of the EU’s Erasmus programme (see Fees and funding).
Important note: Nationals of non-EU countries, or those wishing to work in a non-EU country, should investigate the visa and work permit requirements of the appropriate country.