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Year Abroad in Spain and Latin America

Alhambra, Granada
The Year Abroad is a compulsory part of a language degree at Queen Mary University of London. It is typically considered by students as the most positive and enriching experience of their degree. 

You could choose to study at any of our partner universities in Spain (Almería, Barcelona, Madrid, Málaga, Murcia, Oviedo, Seville, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Valencia, and Vigo) or Latin America (Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico) and Colombia (Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá).

You could also work for a full-year or split your time abroad between two countries and two different placements.

 The requirement is that you spend a minimum of 6 months studying and/or working abroad in countries where the languages of your degree are spoken.

Generous grants available for Erasmus+ exchanges in 2018-19



Erasmus+ mobility in Colombia [PDF 2,134KB]

Erasmus+ mobility in Mexico [PDF 2,134KB]

ERASMUS+ mobility in Spain

Santander Grants [PDF 114KB]

Go Abroad to Mexico and Colombia through the Erasmus Plus (+) International Credit Mobility (ICM) Programme

QMUL invites students enrolled in a language degree program to participate in the selection process for an academic stay during the academic year 2018-19 at Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia) and Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico) within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission (EC). 


Completed application forms should be submitted by e-mailing the YA coordinator, Dr M. Encinas-Puente ( by the 12th January 2018.

Your application will include:

1. The application form

2. A personal statement

3. A supporting academic reference (from your advisor at the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film).

Prior to submit their applications, students are required to attend one of the ICM workshops on finance and budgeting, which will take place on the following dates: 6th December 2017 from 1:00-2:00pm in Bancroft 3.11; 13th December 2017 from 1:00-2:00pm in Bancroft 3.1; 10th January 2018 from 1:00-2:00pm in Bancroft 3.11 and 11th January 2018 from 1:00-2:00pm in Bancroft 1.02.6

Important: Your application will not be considered if incomplete or if you have not attended one of the finance workshops.


4th December 2017 to 12th January 2018 (until 5:00pm) 


All applications will be reviewed in adherence to guidelines composed by the University and agreed by the Erasmus+ Exchange, International Credit Mobility (ICM) Programme.

Successful candidates will be made an offer for ONE destination only.


Only Successful applicants will be contacted via e-mail by the YA coordinator by the 11th February 2018.

The Erasmus+ Programme aims at promoting equity and inclusion by facilitating the access to participants with disadvantaged backgrounds and fewer opportunities compared to their peers whenever disadvantage limits or prevents participation in transnational activities. The European Commission currently considers the following categories in this definition: disability, educational difficulties, economic obstacles, cultural differences, health problems, social obstacles and/or geographic obstacles (in one’s home country).


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