IAESTE

Value £0.5 million per year
Lifecycle 1948

The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) programme arranges international paid work placements for technical students in over 80 countries. The British Council manages the UK arm of the programme, working with employers, higher education institutions and students to match supply and demand in the technical sector.    

Our experienced programme team manages all aspects of the placements. We use stringent quality control measures to make sure we are providing employers with well qualified, motivated trainees. Throughout the placement we provide duty of care and welfare support to students, as well as additional support in visa applications. 

We also work closely with universities, developing local student committees to raise awareness of the programme. At a higher level we engage with business leaders and employers on the benefits of an internationalised workforce and developing skills for employability among UK graduates. 

The programme has been operating since 1948 and continues to go from strength to strength. 

‘With an IAESTE student, you have the potential to create a great ambassador for your business, who can promote you on an international stage. Before you know it your sales are increasing and your numbers are up!’'

Mubbasher Khanzada, Director, Welltime Ltd

IAESTE in numbers 

  •  350,000 students placed world-wide
  •  22,000 UK students placed in 80 countries
  •  4 weeks to 18 months placements