Italian Year Abroad First Meeting



Italian Year Abroad First Meeting
Italian Year Abroad
General Regulations :
1. Who?
• Students on any Honours degree with Italian
spend all or part of their 3rd year in an Italian
speaking country
• Entry into Honours: a final mark of 50% or above
in 2nd year
• 50% or above in language component
• At least 240 credits passed
2. How long?
Everyone has to spend a minimum of 30 weeks’
approved residence abroad:
• Single Honours Italian or Italian + OSNAL: all
year in an Italian speaking country
• Two languages curricula (e.g. MEL or MEL +
EUS): 30 weeks in the two countries; at least 8
weeks in each language area
• When studying two languages: Try to spread
year abroad evenly between the two countries
• 8 weeks minimum: usually if in other country for
whole academic year
Options for the year abroad
• Three options (or combination of the three):
– Student at a university (ERASMUS
– Approved work placement
– English Language Teaching Assistant in a
school (independently or with British Council)
• What you bring back from YA depends on your
degree and your YA activity
Teaching Assistantships
• Normally 8 months, sometimes 4 (depending of places)
• Monthly allowance
• 12 hrs/week teaching, mainly conversation
• Native speakers only
• Must have completed secondary school in UK
• Application through British Council:
- British Council posts you: give good reasons for preferences
- Two-part application process. Check on:
- Treat as job application (references are needed!)
Student at a University
• Co-operation with International Office:
– Check their website (
– Go to their talks (watch out for emails!)
• Experience of academic study in Italian
and meet Italian students
• You can apply independently to any
university in Italy and have the fees
reimbursed, or as an ERASMUS student
ERASMUS Exchange
• ERASMUS grant (amount varies)
• Italian has partner universities in: Bologna, Catania,
Firenze, Milano, Roma, Pisa, Siena, Verona, Venezia;
please note: Bologna and Rome Sapienza allow full-year
students only
• Other subjects outside MEL may have other partners
• You don’t have a right to a particular place
• Research the cities/universities online - don’t dismiss a
place just because you do not know it yet!
• Apply for a place and rank your top 3 preferred
universities via the Student Mobility Portal
Work Placements
• You can choose according to your
interests/career plans
• The job would have to
– not be full-time
– involve enough exposure to Italian
• You must consult us before accepting:
a Training Agreement must be signed
• Check info on IO and Careers Service
pages (see links on LEARN or search
university pages)
8 weeks summer jobs
• Normally only when whole academic year
spent in other country (for other language)
• We cannot advise on jobs, but try to find
suitable work experiences via
– Careers service pages (global
– local council (twinning partner?)
– Internet (usual safety rules apply)
Assessment of Year Abroad
• Year abroad counts towards degree
• Gained language proficiency is assessed
in language classes in 4th year
• ERASMUS students bring back marks
• Language Assistants/working students
may have to write essays (depends on
degree, see YA Handbook)
Health and Safety Issues
• All students will have to investigate
potential health and safety issues
• Take these aspects into consideration
when deciding on what you want to do
• If you have a disability: let us know so that
we can discuss how this may affect your
choices for the year abroad
What to do next
• Research and decide what you want to do for your
residence abroad
• Check the YA webpages:
• Language Assistantships: go to talk and website
• Study abroad: go to IO info session and website
• Internships: search options, go to Careers Service talks
• Go to ‘Mobility Online’ portal to start applications for YA
(in November)
• Watch out for further emails with instructions and come
to the Italian YA Aperitivo!
Friday 11 November
50 George Square, room G.06
A leading PALS scheme in Italian
Shortlisted nominee for the
EUSA Impact Awards 2016
in two categories:
Most Innovative Project
Best Student/Staff Collaboration

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