This timeline applies only to AC placements (please see 'How do I find a placement?' just above for more details). The process for COBE placements is similar, but placements are handled individually, and opportunities are advertised throughout the year.
We share a catalogue of international placements with all applicants who registered their interest with us.
You will be asked to submit up to three placement preferences, and we decide who to nominate for each placement.
You will find out if you have been successfully matched to any of your placement preferences. If so, you will need to submit further documents and a covering letter.
The employer makes the final decision. You will be told as soon as possible if you have been accepted by the employer. There may be a delay before you receive confirmation.
If you don’t find a placement at this stage, you can continue to apply for any suitable COBE placements.
April to June
Once we confirm that your placement is going ahead, you will need to pay the £200 (plus VAT) placement fee. You have now committed to the placement, so please don’t pursue other opportunities. It is unusual for the placement to be withdrawn, but if this happens, IAESTE UK will try to find you an alternative.
You will be able to arrange your travel, insurance and any visas.
IAESTE in your host country will inform you of accommodation details once you have confirmed 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 email@example.com.
Before you go
Pre-departure briefings in the UK will give you the chance to get to know other participants who are going overseas. You will also meet students who have taken part in IAESTE before and have the chance to ask them questions.
Go on your placement – and enjoy it!