Year Abroad or Placement Year (optional)
You have the option of spending a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement. Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.
A placement year is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of a working environment within the sector of your choice. It is normally a paid position, more than offsetting the additional cost of your extra year.
Eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2. If you are accepted onto the programme you will be responsible for securing your own placement, with support from the School. Please note that being accepted onto the programme does not guarantee you a placement.
During your placement year you will be supported by the School of Business Placement Team. This will include communication with you and your manager and a visit to your place of work. You will also undertake written work to capture your learning from the placement experience which will include reflection on your personal and professional development and your academic understanding. This work will be assessed to allow you to gain recognition for your placement year.
Your placement effectively begins in Year 1 when you will be introduced to various opportunities to develop your skills, your understanding and experience. In Year 2 you will be supported through guided sessions, such as:
- Introduction to the placement year scheme
- Researching placement opportunities
- Making successful applications
- Effective interview techniques
- Preparing for my placement
A placement year is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the types of professions you can choose after you graduate, and can also point you towards postgraduate studies that may help you on the path to your chosen career.
If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. Eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2. Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.
Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.
Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.
The School of Business has links with European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.
- For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite.
We have links with the following universities:
As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.