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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 ThirdYearAbroad.com 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 http://www.thirdyearabroad.com/graduates. 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 http://www.thirdyearabroad.com/graduates and audio reports can be sent, as email attachments, to graduates@thirdyearabroad.com. Links to videos hosted on YouTube or Vimeo, along with the required information about the graduate, can also be sent to this email address.