Work placements

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All of our single honours BA French students spend their third year abroad either studying at a partner institution or gaining practical work experience. 

If you decide to take a work placement year you will spend 9 to 12 months in France or a French-speaking country. If you choose to work in France, the French Convention de Stage is for 6 months, so you'll either undertake two internships, or combine a work placement internship and a study placement.

You can secure a work placement by identifying your own opportunities or applying for one that draws upon University of Leeds contacts. We communicate current placement opportunities to you and provide you with the details of companies that have provided placements for LCS students in the past. The University has links with a variety of organisations in the UK and overseas both in France and in French speaking countries.

You’ll receive support and guidance to find a suitable placement from the School’s Work Placement Officer, the Residence Abroad team and the University Careers Centre. You'll also be able to network with returning fourth-year students to ask about opportunities, their experiences and general advice for finding the right placement.

Some of the companies where our students have completed work placements include:

  • Air France
  • Altice Média
  • HSBC France
  • Groupe ESSCA
  • Aviva
  • MyBestPro

If you are studying French with another language, for example on the BA Languages and Cultures degree, you might spend a term abroad in France at the end of your second year at Leeds and take a year abroad in your other language. Details of how you will spend your time abroad can be found on Course Finder

British Council Foreign Language Assistant

This highly popular opportunity allows you to spend 9 months in metropolitan France or the French Caribbean as a British Council Language Assistant. You will be fully immersed in the French language, acquire vital work experience and become integrated into an established teaching community. 

The British Council scheme is also open to final-year students after graduation.

Work experience as you study

You can work during the University holidays or part-time during the year to gain valuable experience. The University offers a range of exclusive short-term internships with a range of employers and there are often opportunities on campus too. 

Volunteering is another way to develop valuable skills alongside your language degree. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved, including being on the comittee for your halls of residence, working on a Leeds University Union community project and volunteering for a charity in the Leeds vicinity.