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The Value of the Year Abroad

Did you spend a year abroad as part of your study? The University Council of Modern Languages is working with the British Academy and on a project to demonstrate the value of the year abroad to UK graduates. They are seeking to gather short reports from recent graduates – whether language specialists or not – on the importance that the year abroad has had for them.

They are looking for:

  • Brief written accounts, in English, up to 500 words
  • Videos and audio podcasts, up to 2 minutes in length

They would like student accounts to cover:

  • First name, degree title, university and year of graduation
  • A thumbnail sketch of my year abroad – where, type of placement, duration
  • What you got out of it
  • Job on graduation and subsequent career path
  • Further use of skills gained during the year abroad
  • How the year abroad has enhanced your subsequent life (not just employment)

For more information and to complete the online survey visit The deadline for submission is December 9th.

All featured entries will be covered by a non-commercial, non-modification Creative Commons licence, allowing departments to repost/re-use videos and texts. Inappropriate language or content will invalidate an entry.

Written reports should be submitted online via and audio reports can be sent, as email attachments, to Links to videos hosted on YouTube or Vimeo, along with the required information about the graduate, can also be sent to this email address.