A period of study abroad is a great opportunity to test and improve your language skills in English, as well as in German, French or Spanish, depending on what part of the world you are going to.
If you are going to study abroad, you will have to talk and communicate with people on a daily basis in a language that you are not used to. Below, you can see the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding language and language requirements.
Should I know the host country language?
You must have a certain level of competence in the language of instruction of our partner institution. In many cases, teaching will be in English, but there may be partner institutions that have specific requirements concerning how good you are at the host country language (e.g., German, Spanish or French). It is up to you to check the language of instruction at the host institution, and its minimum requirements.
Do I have to be good at English?
Each host institution has different requirements when it comes to the level of proficiency in English required of students. Some educational institutions require a high level of proficiency in English, while others have significantly lower requirements. You can often find the educational institution's language requirements on its website, or by contacting their International Team. If you are studying abroad at one of our partner institutions, we can also advise you on what level of language proficiency they expect.
Please note that in some cases you will have to pay to take a language test yourself, for example, if you choose to apply for a study period abroad outside the EU.
How can I improve my language skills?
All students traveling abroad via Erasmus+ must take an online language test before going abroad, if they are going to a country where the working language is either English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish or Italian. You will be assigned a compulsory online language course by UCL if your test score is lower than the required level (B2), but if your test score is higher than, or equivalent to, level B2, you will personally have to put in a request to take a language course. You can learn more about the different language levels and what they mean here. The course will be conducted during your stay abroad in a virtual classroom with 1-6 other participants.
In addition, you can improve your foreign language skills before departure by taking an online course, or you can attend language courses at Danish night schools for adults (the AOF and FOF).