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International Student Office


Year Abroad MMLL Students

Deadline: Students must have finalised their plans and informed the Year Abroad Office by the the end of Easter term at the very latest. As a minimum this should include whether the period will involve a work and/or study placement; the duration and country group. Any changes to these details after this time will result in individuals only receiving a grant for the original duration of their placement if this is the only detail that changes or losing the grant altogether if there is a change in placement type or country group.

If you wish to spend your Year Abroad studying, then an Erasmus placement makes an ideal choice. All current students are eligible as long as they haven’t participated in the Erasmus scheme before during the course of their degree.

We have over 70 Erasmus places available for MMLL students to study at during their Year Abroad. The list of places is circulated to students in the Year Abroad meeting in Michaelmas term.

All applications should be made to the Year Abroad Office by the first Friday of Lent Term in your second year. Decisions are made by the relevant Department based on your Tripos results and not by the International Student Office. If you successfully obtain an Erasmus place, you will be sent details of how to apply from the International Student Office.

As an Erasmus student studying for the entire academic year (minimum 7 months), you will pay reduced tuition fees to Cambridge and no fees to your host university. Erasmus students may be eligible for a mobility grant to help cover addition costs incurred living in Europe. This is administered by the International Student Office.

All students must complete a student mobility contract (details of the online form will be sent to you by the International Student Office) and a learning agreement before they depart from Cambridge in the Easter term. Where applicable, students must also take an Online Language Assessment (language assessments will be sent to students by email). Having registered at the host university, students must return a certificate of arrival to the International Student Office within 7 days. The grant will not be released until all steps have been completed.

Upon completion of their placement, students must submit to the International Student Office a completed learning agreement and transcript of records from the host university. Students should also complete a student report to the Year Abroad Office as well as an online final report which is facilitated by the British Council. If applicable, students will also need to complete a second Online Language Assessment.

The International Student Office have developed a useful factsheet for MMLL students which provides an overview of the required documents and the Erasmus grant

For more information on the scheme please see

Erasmus Traineeships

The Erasmus programme also includes mobility in Europe for students undertaking traineeships. Eligible students on such traineeships may receive an erasmus grant to help with living costs and pay reduced tuition fees to Cambridge, providing they are on the traineeship for the entire academic year (minimum seven months).

To be eligible, you must have a confirmed traineeship with an employer who is able to sign the Erasmus Traineeship Agreement. This placement needs to be approved by the Year Abroad Office. You will also need to complete a student mobility contract (details of the online form will be sent to you by the International Student Office), Online Language Assessment (where applicable) and Certificate of Arrival so that your grant can be processed.

At the end of your traineeship you must submit a completed traineeship agreement to the International Student Office, complete an online report facilitated by the British Council, and a second Online Language Assessment (where applicable).

If you will be spending your Year Abroad as a Language Teaching Assistant in a school in Europe organized by the British Council, you will pay reduced tuition fees for the year and may receive an erasmus grant. To qualify, the duration of your placement must be at least seven months and you will need to have a training contract in place before your placement commences.

It is possible to combine Erasmus placements by doing two traineeships during your Year Abroad or one traineeship and one study placement. All Erasmus study exchanges must be for a minimum of 3 months and all Erasmus traineeships must be for a minimum of 2 months, and a maximum of twelve months in total (minimum of seven to qualify for the fee-waiver).