Department of English and Modern Languages

  • Applied Languages
  • Work experience

    You can choose to complete a work placement on your Year Abroad. Challenging, rewarding and insightful, the experience will improve your language fluency and add serious weight to your CV.

    I really enjoyed my year abroad. I worked in the International Relations office at the Université de Rouen in northern France and I was in charge of welcoming Erasmus students. Every day was different and interesting as I had the opportunity to organise outings for people from different cultures and backgrounds and the experience exposed me to French culture and history.

    I’d definitely recommend to anyone enthusiastic about looking for a future career that involves culture and languages to go for a work placement during the year abroad. Not only you will come back to Oxford Brookes with more developed language skills, but you will also have had work experience to prepare you for 'le monde du travail' once you graduate.

    Elena Boateng, French Studies and International Relations
    Elena Boateng

    I chose to do a work placement for my year abroad because I felt that it would complement my combined honours degree in business management, giving me an insight into working internationally.

    My year abroad was an amazing experience. It really allowed me to develop a set of professional skills and gave me invaluable experience for my CV and career.

    It was also such a fun year. I met some great people and did things that I would not have had the chance to do on a placement in England. It improved my language skills ten fold and I am extremely grateful to have done it. I would definitely recommend it.

    Kris Denhardt, French Studies and Business Management

    For my Year Abroad, I went to Antibes to work for a small company called Midi Location as the Office Assistant. Midi Location is a car rental company, so my job was to offer the best customer service possible to all clients, as well as organising what cars were going where and ensuring they were delivered at the right time in the right condition. It was an active job which was great as I never stayed in the office all day. My tasks included taking cars to and from the airport, ports and villas, cleaning cars and maintaining professional contact with clients. What was exciting was the fact that the company works closely with the super yacht industry as many of the cars are rented to the boats for long periods of time. The people I worked with in the office were extremely kind and we are still in contact with one another.

    Antibes is a small town with the most fantastic surroundings. With Nice, Cannes and Monaco on your doorstep I was able to explore the Cote d’Azur whilst making some amazing friends. It is a town of expats so you meet French Canadians and other people from many walks of life. The town is home to the largest port for the largest yachts in the Mediterranean so, even in the quiet season, there are always people around.

    Kitty Cavendish, French Studies and Publishing Media
    Kitty Cavendish
    Clarissa Fennell

    I spent my year abroad working at Disneyland Paris in a hotel boutique. It was a really great experience both personally and professionally. I was able to improve my oral French, adapt to a professional working environment, and I made a lot of friends from all over the world. With Disneyland being only 40 minutes away from the centre of Paris, I was also able to explore the city on my days off and immerse myself in French culture. I was also able to benefit from being able to go on the rides at Disneyland for free! I would recommend people to do a work placement if they can, because it really exposes you to working life in France, and helps you improve your French oral communication skills.

    Clarissa Fennell, French Studies and Politics