More opportunities to study abroad with Barnfield

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STUDENTS learning at Barnfield College will now have greater opportunities to study abroad or undertake a work placement in another country as part of degree courses.

These new and improved international relationships will help our research, skills, curriculum and ultimately the service we offer.

The College has been awarded Erasmus University Charter accreditation – a European educational mobility programme which enables Higher Education students to learn on the continent as part of their study and staff to teach or train in 33 European countries.

The experience is a fantastic way for students to improve their language skills, boost their CV, learn a whole range of life skills and discover a different culture without having to take a gap year – the Erasmus programme still counts towards their degree.

Students will be fully prepared for the practical, professional and cultural life of the host country and working environment in advance of their stay and will receive regular contact from a member of staff during the placement.

They also generally receive a grant to help offset the cost of studying abroad, such as travel, language preparation and differences in the cost of living.

By taking part, staff can share best practices and learn new ideas and different ways of teaching. The scheme also gives Barnfield the opportunity to partner with leading European institutions, develop international networking with other countries and be the first to find out about the latest developments across Europe.

Barnfield College Principal Miles Dibsdall said: “We strive to achieve the highest standards of academic excellence in teaching and learning, and through the Erasmus programme hope to better the student experience even further.

“Our key objective is for students and staff to gain a broad range of skills and knowledge to provide them with greater flexibility and employability on a local, national and global scale.

“These new and improved international relationships will help our research, skills, curriculum and ultimately the service we offer.”

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