Politics, History and International Relations

International opportunities

 

Studying or working in a different cultural context is a fantastic opportunity to travel, broaden your horizons and perhaps learn a new language. We would encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities as part of your university experience.

1. The International Semester Scheme (2nd Year)

You can apply for a one-semester exchange with one of our partner universities abroad. Tuition in modules similar to those you study at Loughborough is in English, and you can study the host language while you are there.

You take the semester in the second half of your second year, keeping your degree to three years in total, and your international studies are taken into account when calculating your overall degree results. Destination options include:

  • Canada (University of Guelph)
  • Czech Republic (University of Brno & University of Olomouc)
  • Finland (University of Tampere)
  • Netherlands (University of Maastricht)
  • Sweden (University of Gothenburg & University of Lund)
  • Taiwan (University of Wenzao)
  • For more details about partner universities, see the PDF factsheet below.

Tuition Fees and Financial Support

Please click here for more information.

2. The Study Year Abroad in a Foreign Language (3rd Year)

All students can apply to spend the 3rd year of a 4-year programme working abroad. Upon successful completion of this year you will be awarded the Diploma of International Studies. Tuition is in the target language, and you are encouraged to take an intensive course in the host language as part of your studies.

Students transfer to a four-year programme during their second year.

Studying abroad in a foreign language is for students with a minimum of an AS-Level in French, German or Spanish, equivalent to a level 4 in the University Wide Language Programme at Loughborough; you are expected to take an intensive language course at the partner university, in addition to modules similar to the ones studied at Loughborough..

The third year is spent abroad at a university in France, Germany, Austria and Spain (for more information on our partners, see the PDF factsheet below), or you can split the year between two different countries if you are proficient enough in each language. If successful, you receive the Diploma of International Studies.

You can study in the following institutions:

  • Lyon Institut d’Ètudes Politiques, France
  • Université Lumiere Lyon 2, France
  • Rennes Institu d’Ètudes Politiques, France
  • Strasbourg Institut d’Ètudes Politiques, France
  • University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • University of Bremen, Germany
  • University of Gießen, Germany
  • Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany
  • University of Madrid, Carlos III, Spain
  • University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Tuition Fees and Financial Support

 Please click here for more information.

3. The Study Year Abroad in English (3rd Year)

All students can apply to spend the third year of a four-year programme studying at one of Loughborough University’s international partners. Upon successful completion of this year you will be awarded the Diploma of International Studies. Tuition is in English, and you can study the host language as part of your regular studies; there is university-wide competition for places outside Europe.

Students transfer to a four-year programme during their second year.

Places are available in the following departmental partner institutions:

  • University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • University of Guelph, Canada
  • Université Lyon 2, France
  • Lyon Institut d’Ètudes Politiques, France
  • Rennes Institut d’Ètudes Politiques, France
  • University of Bremen, Germany
  • Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany
  • University of Gießen, Germany
  • Maastricht University, The Netherlands
  • University of Madrid, Carlos III, Spain
  • Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages, Taiwan

Students can also apply for places at university partner institutions; these places are very competitive and will be awarded on academic and personal merit:

  • Curtin University of Technology, Australia
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • Kansai University, Japan
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Purdue University, USA
  • University of New Mexico, USA
  • Oklahoma State University, USA

For more details about some of these partner universities, see the PDF factsheet below.

Tuition Fees and Financial Support

Please click here for more information.

4. Working Abroad as an English Language Assistant (via the British Council) or other work placements abroad (3rd Year)

The Foreign-Language Work Placement Abroad Scheme is for students with a minimum of an AS-Level in French, German or Spanish, equivalent to a level 4 in the University-Wide Language Programme at Loughborough.

The Year Abroad Tutor will actively guide you through the application process, and your application should reach the British Council by the beginning of December in the year before you go abroad. Experience in mentoring younger students and interests in sport and everyday British culture are good elements of a successful application. To see more about the Assistantship scheme, click here.

Working abroad is an excellent chance to immerse yourself in a foreign language and get work experience at the same time.

The majority of our students on work placements opt for Assistantships, but you can also apply for other work placements abroad and the department will actively support you in your applications.

Financial Matters

Assistants are paid a monthly salary for a 12-hour working week, are eligible for an Erasmus grant if in an EU country, and there is usually help with finding accommodation from the institution where you work.

For more information on financial matters click here.

Tutors for Study & Work Abroad

To find out more about these options for PHIR students:

The PHIR Department's commitment to internationalisation was recognised at the 2011 and 2013 Global Award ceremony.

The PHIR Department's commitment to internationalisation was recognised at the 2011 and 2013 Global Award ceremonies by the Loughborough Students Union.

The nominations for the award stated that it should go to 'Any department that has gone above and beyond to support and promote international experiences whether working, studying or being on a placement abroad.'

As the award was presented in 2011, the following statement was made:

"The PHIR Department is at the centre of internationalisation at Loughborough University. Not only does it offer students and non-students extra-curricular language classes, provide a range of modules with a regional focus such as South Asian Studies and Contemporary French Politics, but has fostered and continues to foster relationships with foreign universities in Europe, and as of this year, Asia. This year the department has increased the total number of Loughborough students interested in taking part in the Erasmus Mundus program (from 3 to 28), and successfully bid for funding for a one-year internship devoted to Loughborough University's internationalisation. Each year, a trip to Brussels is arranged by the department, allowing Loughborough students to see the workings of the European Parliament, meet with British MEPs and experience the home-city of the EU. PHIR stands out as the department which has done most to promote Loughborough as a place for international students, and provide a way for home students to “Experience the World”."

Our thanks go to the staff and students who have worked hard for this and taken up these various opportunities!

Quotes about the Foreign Language Year Abroad

“It was a fantastic experience – I worked as an assistant in Spain, and I did a lot of travelling to other parts of Europe.”

“I have met loads of new people and made friends from all over the world.”

“When going for job interviews, I discovered that it really makes you stand out from the crowd.”

“Working as an assistant changed my life & my approach to my studies, too.”

“I can’t believe how quickly the time went by. My Spanish has improved a lot and I hope I’ll be able to use it in my future career. And I have made so many friends and really want to go back to Spain soon.”

“Quebec is such a wonderful place and people are very friendly, so it’s not difficult to settle in and make friends.”

“Living and working in France has been an invaluable experience. I could travel around the country a lot and I think I found friends for life.”

“I really loved working in this school in Germany; I was very lucky with my colleagues who were very friendly and helpful. And I made lots of friends and fell in love with the way of life there.”

“It was so nice to see how interested students were in learning English, and strangely enough, by discovering German culture, I also discovered my own British identity.”