Professional Training is an integral part of life at the University of Surrey and is a fantastic opportunity for all Surrey students allowing them to experience life after university. The experience, maturity and confidence our students gain whilst out on placement either in the UK or abroad sets them a cut above the rest when they graduate, which shows in our consistently low unemployment rate after graduation, another reason to choose Professional Training at the University of Surrey.
Our pioneering Professional Training placement programme has over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. These organisations provide opportunities for students to put their skills into practice and to experience a real professional environment.
The Careers Service, International Relations Office and Student's Union all contribute to the success of Professional Training at the University of Surrey.
Professional Training describes a period of work integrated into an academic programme and around the world, many different terms are used to describe this. You may be familiar with one of the alternatives:
- Work-based learning (WBL)
- Work intergrated learning (WIL)
- Co-operative Education (COOP)
- Industry-based learning (IBL)
- Collaborative learning (CoLab)
“I chose Surrey University to participate in placement year and do not regret it”
Applied Psychology and Sociology
“I now have much clearer ideas about what I want to do in the future, and am much more focused and determined to get where I want to be”
Maths and Statistics
“I feel a lot more confident in my practical skills and enthusiastic about the future of my career”