Work abroad

As part of your course, you may have the opportunity to take a work placement abroad in Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia.  Placements abroad depends on your course and the availability of an internship. 

How we support you


If you are an EU national and are interested in completing your Professional Training placement in Europe (outside UK), there may be additional funding available to you as part of the Erasmus+ scheme.

Language support

Some placements abroad may involve learning and communicating in a language other than English. In preparation for working in such an environment the University provides language courses.

Global Graduate Award in Languages

Add an international element to your university experience with our Global Graduate Award in Languages. There are currently 11 languages on offer, from Arabic to Spanish. With a variety of levels available, you can learn a new language or continue with one you don't want to forget.

Online language support

We offer online language support for the following languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Czech, Finnish, Swedish, Hungarian, Romanian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Slovak, Polish, Portuguese and Greek.

If you study or work in a country where one of these languages is used you will be required to take an online language test and depending on your score will be given access to a free online course to help you prepare and survive better in your host country. At the end of your stay you will be required to again take a test to see if you have improved your language ability.


uTalk is available for all University of Surrey students for over 25 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

In-country learning

There may be options available for you to take classes while you are in the country or you might like to consider attending an intensive language course in the country you will be living in before you begin work. Previous students have found all of these options extremely useful and learning the language has helped them to get the most out of the year.

Hospitality and tourism placement in Florida

Robert Griffiths shares his experience on placement at The Club at Admirals Cove in Jupiter, Florida.

What our students say

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"As Finnish is not a standard language that you learn in schools, I was particularly worried that I wouldn’t understand anything, so one month before my placement year started I went out to the South West part of Finland, and did an intensive language course, which was very worthwhile."

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"In addition to working full time I undertook two German courses at the local evening school, after having an unsteady grasp of the language before coming out, these were vital in improving language skills and being able to take more experiences from the year."


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