Going abroad on a gap year to learn another language is a common choice for students regardless of the subject they will be studying at university. Immersing yourself in the language, traditions and customs of a foreign country is not only the best way to learn the language but can also be an experience that will develop your awareness of other cultures.
Learning a language abroad has proven to be the most effective way to develop vocabulary and improve both listen and speaking skills. Of course, the greatest advantage it has over learning at home is that you have the chance to pick up on common colloquialisms that may not be present in a more formal learning environment.
Many tour operators organises language-learning holidays in destinations right across the world. For students of Spanish, there are special courses in both Europe and Latin America that will allow you to immerse yourself in the local way of life. Courses in Chinese and Mandarin can be found in various locations in East Asia, and if you are looking to learn French it is also possible to go to North Africa as well as France.
In the packages that tour operators provide accommodation is usually included, but, if you are looking for a more authentic experience, it will be worth your while studying the itinerary for each option to make sure you know what you’re getting. Prices will also vary dramatically, so it will be best to shop around for the best deal, but also to ensure you choose a reputable company.