German work and study placements

German-speaking countries have a great tradition of work placements (Arbeitspraktika), and we are proud to say that students from Surrey are sought after by German employers. In recent years, the department has been offered a number of new placements, some of which by companies of international repute.

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DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)

DAAD has offered two six-month placements to Surrey students for a number of years. The first is with the Berlin Artists-in-Residence programme, Berliner Künstlerprogramm, one of the most prestigious international programmes in the world offering grants to artists in the fields of visual arts, literature, music and film.

The second is located in the DAAD office in Bonn and provides administration for IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience), an organisation that finds relevant industrial placement opportunities for students of technical subjects such as Engineering, the natural sciences and forestry. Both placements give students valuable insight into the administration of international programmes in the fields of education and the arts.

Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein

Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein is a development bank that supports people, businesses and municipalities in implementing ideas within the region of Schleswig-Holstein. For 4 to 6 months, Surrey students work in the EU department/Enterprise Europe Network, which helps small and medium-sized enterprises to develop their potential and raise their awareness of EU policies. This placement is ideal for students interested in EU affairs and international projects. 

Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young is one of the world's leading professional services organisations, and helps companies across the globe to identify and capitalise on business opportunities. They offer a six-month internship in their translation department based in Stuttgart. This is a great placement for students interested in translation/business, or any student who values work experience in a well-known company and a handsome pay.

Study placements

University of Freiburg

German partner city of Guildford, is situated in south-western Germany and is only about 30 km from France and 60 km from Switzerland. Today, the city has a population of around 200,000, approximately 30,000 of whom are students. 

The university originally consisted of four faculties: theology, law, medicine, and philosophy. In August 1716, the study of modern languages was introduced to the curriculum. Today, the university is divided into 11 faculties, and offers a variety of degree programmes in more than 60 fields to the over 22,000 students, including 17% international students.

University of Heidelberg

Set in the midst of hills, with a picturesque old town, castle and river, Heidelberg is considered one of the most beautiful German cities and it was included in the preliminary German list for registration as a UNESCO world heritage site. 

Today the university has about 27,000 students, including about 5,600 international students, and is regarded as an important centre of modern research and study in Germany. Its twelve faculties offer a wide spectrum of subjects in the arts and sciences, including medicine.

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