French work and study placements
For four to ten months, you will work as a stagiaire in French or Belgian companies with which we have contact. Some are very prestigious, and are well-known around the world.
They are challenging placements, but at the end you should have acquired a good command of French, learned a lot about French culture in general and French business culture in particular. Moreover, you will have had an excellent work experience which you can refer to when you are looking for a job after University.
You could also spend a year, or a semester, at the University of Lyon. As an Erasmus student you will be welcomed there by all the staff. The choice of modules is large, and in addition to language modules you can take options from History, Geography, Law, Economics and other subjects.
You can also study for one or two semesters at ISIT in Paris, a grandes écoles, which specialises in management with international communication, translation and interpreting.
English assistant placement
If you are interested in teaching English as an assistant in a French or Belgian school, you can enter for the British Council assistantship scheme. This would allow you to have practical insight into the teaching profession, and enables you to participate in French community life.
EDF Group is one of the leading European energy players with Europe's largest electricity generation assets. Placements at EDF are located in Paris. Between 4 and 8 students from Surrey are recruited to work in the international department. Placements at EDF are a very valuable experience for the future.