International Work placements (including for language students)

Many students have the opportunity to do a work placement as part of their course. This may be a year in industry or a year abroad.

If you are undertaking a placement as part of your degree, check your School’s or Placement Office’s requirements as they may not permit overseas placements, or only within certain countries. Your placements co-ordinator may also be able to recommend past employers that students have been placed with.


  • Which countries could you go to to use your language, or if you do not have another language, where can you work where this is not a problem?
  • What type of work are you looking for? Knowing your skills and having some experience will help you establish what types of jobs you would be most suited to.
  • Understand the job market and economy, how easy will it be to find a job? Where are jobs / industries located geographically?
  • Check the timing of advertised opportunities to ensure it fits your timetable.
  • When are opportunities likely to be advertised? It may not be the same as in the UK.
  • If your intended employer wants to use a 'placement agreement' (common in France and Germany), you need to know what to do. See our placement agreements page for advice – please note that this applies only where the placement is not compulsory to your degree programme. For agreements to be used for placements undertaken as part of a compulsory period of international mobility (such as a Languages residence abroad), please contact your Placement Office.
  • It may not be paid. Unpaid internships / placements are common in some countries.
  • Eligibility. Do you need a visa or to be a national or studying in that country? Visas are now required for UK students who want to undertake a placement in Europe.
  • What is the application method? Does your application need to be in the home language of the country.
  • What does a CV or resume look like for this country? There is some guidance on - just be aware that guidance may not be purely aimed at the student /graduate market

Start researching your destination

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Find opportunities

There are hundreds of companies that help in finding placements or internships abroad. However many are commercial companies and may charge for their services, so undertake research before making any decisions.