As a student at Aston you benefit from a combination of a high level of independence and support. You are encouraged to think critically and whenever possible, to dedicate your coursework to your own research interests. Nevertheless, the academic staff are always willing to help if you have difficulties or to give constructive feedback in order to improve your performance.
What I love about studying French and Spanish at Aston is that it is not merely focused on the linguistic aspect but includes modules on French and Spanish history, society and culture. I am currently doing a semester at the Universidad de Granada where I am taking various modules at the politics and sociology faculty. It took me a few weeks to get used to the Spanish University system; however, I was able to this in beautiful Granada enjoying free tapas, sangria and the view of the Alhambra. And I did manage to enrol for all my courses in the end, some of which turned out to be very interesting. I have already visited some other lovely places in Spain with my friends, such as Cordoba and Malaga and will continue doing so to make the most of my year abroad!
University education has been criticized for being too theoretical and leaving students with little practical experience. Aston’s placement year, however, offers us a brilliant counter argument. We have the opportunity to round up our academic foundation with actual work experience and fluency in our target languages. I have already made so many great experiences during my time at Aston, personal as well as professional, that have undoubtedly improved my job perspectives immensely.
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