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Work placements

A work placement not only gives you valuable experience. It also

  • helps you apply what you're learning, improving your professional and technical skills
  • gives you a better understanding of industry and how businesses operate
  • can improve important transferable skills such as teamwork, project management and presenting

All of which helps you stand out to employers. Some students even secure graduate jobs with their placement employers or through contacts they have made.

Many of our full-time undergraduate degrees include an optional paid placement year – known as sandwich years. Other courses – including part-time and postgraduate courses – often give you the chance to complete shorter placements or a series of placements.

To find out if the course you're interested in involves a placement, find it on our online prospectus. We'll help you find a placement, and a tutor will visit you during it to make sure you're happy and enjoying challenging and fulfilling work.

If you're an international student, you need to be studying full-time. See our international pages for advice about visa applications and extensions.

Overseas placements

There are exciting opportunities to take a placement in Europe, North America, Australia or Asia. Overseas placements show employers that you're willing to be independent and step out of your comfort zone to face new challenges.

If your placement is in Europe, you may be eligible for financial support from the Erasmus programme. For more information email Erasmus-exchange@shu.ac.uk

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