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Information about IAESTE work experience placements abroad

Much has been made of the need for students to gain relevant work experience before they graduate. IAESTE not only provides internship experience but also the valuable experience of working abroad.

Work experience gained abroad enhances your independence and flexibility, communication and foreign language skills, and contributes to your personal and academic development. Employers know that if students have successfully overcome the challenges brought on by international work experience, they will stand out from the crowd at interview.

IAESTE is open to science, engineering, technology and applied arts undergraduate students in the second year of study and above. The majority of these placements are for 6 to 12 weeks in the summer months, although longer periods are occasionally available.

In which subject fields does IAESTE have placements?

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Agriculture*
  • Anatomy*
  • Applied Arts
  • Architectural Studies
  • Architecture
  • Astrophysics
  • Audio technology with
    multimedia /Audio Engineering*
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Avionics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering*
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biophysics*
  • Biosciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Brewing*
  • Building Surveying*
  • Business Information Systems*
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Animation*
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Games
  • Computer Science
  • Construction management
    and surveying*
  • Dairying*
  • Digital media*
  • Ecology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Fire Safety
  • Food Quality, Safety
    and Nutrition*
  • Food Technology *
  • Forensic and crime scene
    /Forensic Anthropology*
  • Forestry*
  • Genetics
  • Geodesy*
  • Geography*
  • Geology
  • Geoscience
  • Graphic Design*
  • Horticulture*
  • Immunology
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Media Development*
  • Land Use and
    Environmental Management*
  • Marine Biology
  • Material Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Medical Engineering*
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Metallurgy
  • Microbiology
  • Mining
  • Naval Engineering
  • Neuroscience*
  • Nutrition*
  • Optometry*
  • Parasitology*
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Physics
  • Plant Science
  • Power Engineering
  • Process Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Prosthetics *
  • Quantity Surveying*
  • River & Coastal
    Engineering *
  • Rural Surveying *
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Zoology

* (placements in this specific area are rare)

We do not have placements in the following areas:

  • Chiropody
  • Commerce
  • Dentistry
  • Design & Communications
  • Economics
  • Hotel & Management
  • Languages
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • Physiology
  • Podiatry
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Sports Science

Where can I go?

The IAESTE association includes members in more than 80 countries, each year we select placements from a number of these to offer to UK-based students. See the full list of countries

Come along to an IAESTE Local Student Committee Meeting    

The Local Committee (LC) is a group of enthusiastic students from universities in your area who:

  • promote the IAESTE programme to other students within those universities
  • raise UK work placements for incoming trainees from around the world
  • arrange an exciting summer social programme for, and welcome, international trainees who come to your Local Committee area on placements

Get in touch with your local committee and come along to one of their regular meetings to find out more.

And if you still want to know more, read about the experiences of some of our IAESTE alumni in Case Studies.

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