Work placements

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As part of your degree, you'll spend a year abroad either studying at a partner institution or gaining practical work experience.

Our work placement year abroad provides an opportunity for you to gain professional experience whilst being exposed to different cultures and environments.

Our graduates have taken up positions across an impressive range of employment sectors, including:

  • export sales
  • legal services
  • international relations
  • financial services
  • recruitment
  • events management
  • logistics
  • marketing
  • communications

British Council Foreign Language Assistant

As a student in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies you can apply to spend a year working as a Language Assistant in a school abroad. These highly popular assistantships are arranged with the British Council and offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Spanish language — gaining essential work experience whilst becoming part of an established teaching community. We will provide you with support in preparing your application for British Council placements.

Please note the Language Assistantship is only available for Spanish, not Portuguese language.

How we support you

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 our students in the past.

The dedicated Residence Abroad Team and University Careers Centre offer events and activities to help you develop the skills needed to find the right placement and to familiarise you with the practicalities of living and working abroad.