A twist on the old Junior Year Abroad concept...
The Army is paying students to put their degrees on hold and join troops in Iraq as Arabic interpreters.
Five students have already been sent to areas under British control and 11 more are in the final stages of preparation, the Ministry of Defence said.
Their work includes translating documents and dealing with the public.
The MoD said they wear blue jackets and helmets to distinguish them from troops but have been warned: "There's a degree of risk inherent in working in Iraq."