We're searching the best universities in the UK to find the outstanding languages undergraduate of the year. We're looking for a winning mix of personal skills, career motivation and an excellent academic record.
To enter you must:
- be an undergraduate student at a UK university.
- be an EU citizen with the right to work in the UK after graduation.
- speak (as your mother tongue) any of the 24 official EU languages, as well as English, French or German fluently (as a second language).
Closing date for entries is 4 February 2015.
Awards ceremony takes place on 24 April 2015 at Canary Wharf, London.
How do I win?
It’s not easy to win an Undergraduate of the Year Award and competition will be fierce. The process is demanding and only the truly outstanding and committed will make it to the last ten. There are three stages that you’ll have to get through.
Register online to submit your personal data and answer three special questions posed by EU Careers.
Once you have completed Stage 1 and submitted your application, you will be invited to complete three online tests designed exclusively by our partners SHL, the world’s leading assessment provider. The online assessment will take you around two hours to complete (although you don’t have to complete it in one visit) and will include situational judgement, OPQ and inductive reasoning related tests. We will then invite 36 candidates to the next stage after the closing date on 4 February 2015.
The best-matched students (according to the results of the online tests) make it through to the second stage. This will involve a two-stage assessment in your second language (must be either French, English or German). 36 shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online video interview, from which EU Careers will select 12 students to come for a half-day assessment centre (consisting of a group exercise and oral presentation) on the 1st/2nd April in London.
The final shortlist of 12 is invited to the Undergraduate of the Year Awards in Canary Wharf, London on 24 April, 2015 where the winner will be announced.
EU Careers and the Languages Undergraduate of the Year
Looking for a challenging career in a dynamic environment?
We are always looking for people who are ready to face a bigger challenge and make a difference for Europe.
The EU Institutions offer an international career to ambitious and capable people. When you join us, you take the first step in a long-term career that could take you anywhere you want to go. Based in the heart of Europe, you will enjoy a fast-moving international environment and real responsibility from your first day. We're here to serve over 500 million people in 28 EU countries, so you can expect exceptional scope and scale - and the chance to make a real and lasting difference.
Working for the EU Institutions, you will apply your strong analytical, organisational and communication skills in a variety of environments. You get things done, are driven to deliver the best possible results and are confident working effectively as part of a multi-cultural team. You are eager to learn and develop knowledge, skills and languages. For our graduate positions, you also exhibit leadership skills and can motivate people to achieve results.
Find out more about us and our opportunities for graduates here.
James Ellis, Modern Languages, Newcastle University
Having worked as a teacher in Argentina, in a translation bureau in Germany, an advertising agency in Bordeaux, and several stints at Disneyland Paris, James is very conscious of the importance of languages for the integration into today’s globalised society, and is heavily involved in the Erasmus society at Newcastle. This summer he will be accompanying a group of human rights lawyers to Colombia to act as an interpreter. In his free time, James enjoys travelling and cooking.