Working abroad

Students at the University of Surrey not only have the opportunity to take a work placement as part of their degree, but many students choose to take a placement abroad.

Students have taken work placements all across the globe including places in Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia.

The placements available depend on the course undertaken and also the availability of an internship. Our 'where can you go' page lists the countries where Surrey students have taken work placements in the year 2009-2010.

Hospitality and tourism placement in Florida

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



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

To find out more about the options available contact or visit the Global Engagement Office in 28 BA (Ground Floor).

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.

The Global Graduate Award in languages is a free language course available to all University of Surrey students, and for undergraduate students these courses can be credit-bearing. 

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.

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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