Some placements abroad may involve learning and communicating in a language other than English. In preparation for working in such an environment the University provides language courses.
The Global Graduate Award in languages (previously Languages for All) is a free language course available to all University of Surrey students, and for undergraduate students these courses can be credit-bearing. There are also evening classes available, and some degrees may have an integrated language module.
There may be options available for you to take classes while you are in the country or you might like to consider attending an intensive language course in the country you will be living in before you begin work. Previous students have found all of these options extremely useful and learning the language has helped them to get the most out of the year.
“As Finnish is not a standard language that you learn in schools, I was particularly worried that I wouldn’t understand anything, so one month before my placement year started I went out to the South West part of Finland, and did an intensive language course, which was very worthwhile”
Pharmacology - Finland
“In addition to working full time I undertook two German courses at the local evening school, after having an unsteady grasp of the language before coming out, these were vital in improving language skills and being able to take more experiences from the year”
Chemistry - Germany