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Applications for placements starting in 2017 are now open! All applications are to be submitted online using this form by 12pm on Thursday 24 November 2016. 

The process is very straight forward, all the information you need to apply is outlined in the sections below. However, if you have any queries you can contact the IAESTE team at iaeste@britishcouncil.org.

Application Guidelines


Complete the online application form (you will need to register/log into our portal to complete the form). 

In preparation for this you will need to provide the following:

1. Your average percentage grade achieved in your exams for each academic year completed.

2. A personal statement covering four areas, up to a maximum 200 words per area, as to why you are interested in an IAESTE placement. You will be asked to show evidence in the following areas:

  • Motivation and enthusiasm for international work experience
  • Range of personal/professional activities, interests, skills and experience
  • Understanding of benefits of placement for both yourself and potential employer
  • Adaptability including intercultural awareness and independence.


Upload the following three documents to your online applicant account:

1. An up-to-date CV

2. University Transcript

3. University Certificate or Letter of Enrolment


Provide the name and email contact address of a course tutor in your application.  An automated email will be sent directly to them to provide a Reference for you only upon completion and submission of your application.

Please complete your full application by the deadline of 24 November 2016.  If you any questions please email iaeste@britishcouncil.org 


Please be aware that you will be assessed and graded upon the following:

1) Your average academic results
2) Your Personal Statement
3) Presentation and content of your CV
4) Your Tutor Recommendation.

You must ensure to have completed and submitted all of the above in order to be considered for an IAESTE placement. Failure to submit any of the above before the deadline will result in a deduction of points in your overall assessment grade. Your overall assessment grade will determine whether or not you will be shortlisted for the programme.

After you have applied


You will find out by email if you been shortlisted or unsuccessful. 

Mid February

A Catalogue of available international placements will be shared with shortlisted candidates only.  You will be asked to submit up to three placement preferences.

Mid March

By this point you will find out which placement you are being matched to.

If you are matched successfully, you will receive details about the selected placement. If you are not happy with the placement, you will be placed on the Reserve List for future offers.

IAESTE UK will request additional documents for nomination and you will be required to pay the £200 fee to IAESTE UK. Please see below for more details.

April and June

You will be informed of final acceptance as soon as IAESTE UK receive confirmation from the international employer. You can now proceed to arrange your travel, insurance and visas etc.

IAESTE in your host country will  inform you of accommodation details once you have provided confirmation of your travel arrangements to IAESTE UK.

We will give you contact details of your employer before you start. If you have any questions about the type of work you’ll be doing please don’t contact them until we confirm it’s OK. Contact us instead at iaeste@britishcouncil.org.

June onwards

Go on your placement – and make the most of it! Don't forget to use our support networks!

And remember... 

Once you have accepted the nomination you have committed to the placement, so please don’t pursue other opportunities. If something rare happens and you are rejected or the placement is withdrawn for any reason, IAESTE UK will do our best to find you an alternative. If we can’t, you’ll get the £200 placement fee back. 


Documents for March

To accept your placement you will need to send:

  • the £200 placement fee (you’ll get it back if you are not accepted or circumstances force the employer to withdraw from the programme).
  • a completed Nomination Form
  • a cover letter to the placement employer
  • a scanned copy of the front outer cover of passport along with the picture page. (If you are in the process of renewing your passport, include a photocopy of the old passport with your application.)

If you are a non-UK national you will also need:

  •  a scanned copy of the English Language Form (download below) or an English Language Proficiency certificate. 

Once we have received your documents

IAESTE UK will send your completed nomination form to the IAESTE office in the host country, where they will liaise with the employer and make the final decision. You will be told as soon as possible if you have been accepted by the employer. Sometimes, employers are delayed in responding and could take until early summer before notifying the local IAESTE office.

See also

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