Placement Students

Placements and Study Abroad

Enhance your studies with the opportunity of a lifetime. Choose a study abroad or industry placement degree to take on a new challenge, boost your confidence and develop new skills.

Many of our courses offer the option for study abroad, placements or a combination of both. The flexibility of our degrees also means that even if you haven't enrolled in one of those programmes from the start, you can still choose this opportunity during your first year as long as you have performed well in your studies. For postgraduate opportunities, please visit postgraduate study abroad.

For more information on Lancaster University global experience schemes, please also visit the Vacation Travel page.

Our Opportunities

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Spending time living and studying in another country can be enormously enriching, and allows you to experience a different culture, make new friends, and learn more about life elsewhere and about yourself. We have a long tradition of sending students abroad to study, and welcoming students from other institutions, too. We have exchange agreements with prestigious universities all over the world and many of our undergraduate degree programmes include an integral year spent studying at a top university in another country.

Some of our programmes even give you the opportunity to both study and work in another country. 

When would I go?

The year abroad is either the second year of your 3 year degree or the third year of your 4 year degree. The overall length of your programme will depend on your degree scheme. You will be able to see this on the programme pages. Choosing your studies carefully is important, to ensure that they complement the subjects you are studying at Lancaster, but your Study Abroad Advisor will help to devise a programme that fits well, and will be on hand to help you at any point during your year. Please note, if you are studying Accounting and Finance the study abroad option is one term in your final year.

If you don’t want to spend a whole year abroad, there are shorter programmes on some of our degrees which enable you to spend a term or semester abroad in your third year.

Summer Schools

Another popular option is to apply to attend an international summer school at one of our partner universities. In previous years, LUMS students have attended summer schools in Europe and Asia – and often there are no tuition fees to pay. To find out more, contact the LUMS International Office.

When you start at LUMS, you can find out more about all our Study Abroad opportunities as we also hold special promotional events to give you a taste of what is on offer.

 

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Every year more than 150 LUMS undergraduates take a period of paid managerial employment as part of their degree – usually for the third year of a four-year degree. For some of our degrees the placement is an integral part of the degree, but on most of our other degrees you can also take an optional placement year.

Placements are an excellent way to give your employment prospects a huge boost, and help you decide on your future career direction and the type of organisation you would like to work in. At Lancaster, we have strong relationships with employers so we are able to offer a wide variety of opportunities, and we will support you in finding a placement that suits you. Throughout your placement, you will have the support of a LUMS supervisor who will visit you on placement to make sure everything is going well and you are gaining as much as possible from the experience.

Roles and responsibility

Our students can be found in a wide range of roles including: Marketing Assistants, Business Analysts, Sales Coordinators, Auditors, HR Assistants, Brand Strategists and Logistics Interns. The possibilities for your placement year are endless. Placement students expect to secure a suitable job role at graduate level, to maximise the experience you will gain and prepare you for the jobs market, so you will not spend your placement year making tea and doing the photocopying!

It is important to remember that for the 12 months you are on placement you are considered an employee of your employing organisation, and you will be treated in the same way you would if you were employed as a graduate. Our placement students are often pleasantly suprised by the amount of responsiblity that they receive during their placements, which makes the entire experience highly valuable. 

Applying for a placement year role

As with any job, a placement year job is a competitive process and the application process varies between different companies and different types of position. The great news is that we provide support in all aspects of the application process from writing your application to preparing for an interview or psychometric test!

Although you are ultimately responsible for making your own applications, we have exclusive opportunities especially for Lancaster students, and we also circulate a weekly list of national placement year job vacancies. Our placements team will show you where to look for placement opportunities and how to approach companies you wish to work with. 

Lancaster University has excellent relationships with local, national and international employers and we regularly provide opportunities for you to meet employers on campus and talk to them about the placements they offer. You will also be able to talk to students who have already completed their placement.  

Developing your skills

Your industrial placement allows you to take the academic knowledge you have gained in your first two years at Lancaster University and apply it in a professional and practical environment. During your placement you will develop vital skills that will assist you when hunting for a graduate job and also be of great benefit to you when you return for your final year of study at LUMS. As part of your placement, you will become part of a team and gain experience of team-based working, collaborating with employees to put your problem-solving and time management skills into practice. This skill will also prove to be of great benefit in your final year of university when dealing with group work and projects.

Students returning from their placement year are much more mature and able to see their academic subject in a wider perspective as they have been able to see first-hand how their degree subject applies in a practical context. Also, graduate recruiters look for applicants with work experience, commercial awareness, professionalism and a good work ethic. Students who have undertaken an industrial placement have all these attributes and more – this is what makes them more employable.  

Organisations

We have excellent relationships with graduate employers and SMEs. Recent student placements have included Deloitte, L’Oreal, IBM, Body Shop, The Walt Disney Company, Unilever, Intel, Renault, Tesco, Rolls Royce, Aldi, EY, M&S, Morgan Stanley, GE Capital, Johnson and Johnson, Peugeot and many more. We also work closely with SMEs around the UK, and are proud to be a recognised by the Small Business Charter for the role we have played in helping to kick-start British enterprise. Each year approximately ten percent of our placement students spend their year with an SME and we are continuously working to increase this number.

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Your preparation starts during your first year when you will take the Preparation for Placement module which is delivered by the LUMS Careers Team and invited employers. This module will support you in creating suitable CVs, covering letters, application forms and completing psychometric tests. At the end of the module you will have the opportunity to attend a formal assessment centre and an interview with some of the top graduate recruitment teams in the UK. 

Years 2 and 3

In your second year you will take a compulsory module which combines developing your employability skills in conjunction with your academic work. This is delivered by a partnership of academic departments, LUMS Careers and invited employers. There is a strong focus on students having the ability to assess their own development and to analyse their learning in the workplace. You will continue this work while on your placement in year 3.

Year 4

On return in your fourth year you complete a variety of academic tasks to help you to analyse your placement experiences, to reflect on your personal development and to review some of your career aspirations.

Resources and events

There is a dedicated Moodle page for Industrial Placement students which includes information that will be very valuable for your placement applications. The Moodle page is regularly updated so students are advised to check the page regularly. Information on the page includes:

  • The LUMS CV template

  • Practice psychometric tests

  • Information on Assessment Centres

  • Helpful hints on interviews and interview technique

  • Placement profiles

Every year the LUMS Careers Team hosts over 100 career and employability events in the school, with employers visiting from a wide variety of sectors. Employers who visit us on a regular basis include: Aldi, BAE, Deloitte, HSBC, IBM, KPMG, PwC and Unilever.

These employer visits and presentations will provide you with the perfect opportunity to find further information on placement employers and speak directly to their recruitment teams.

Drop-in clinics and one-to-one consultations

The Placements Team are committed to providing you with the support that you need when preparing for your Industrial Placement. Each week during term time we host two drop-in clinics exclusively for placement students where you have the chance to speak with one of our advisors one-to-one for around 20 minutes.

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We are very supportive of our students securing placement opportunities outside of the UK and each year approximately five percent of our placement students will work in the EU with an additional five percent working outside of the EU. Securing a placement overseas provides you with the experience of graduate level employment as well as 12 months experience of a different culture, environment and language.

If you do choose to take an industrial placement outside of the UK there are a few things to note:

  • If the placement is in a different country with a different language it will be very difficult to work and enjoy the atmosphere if you do not speak that language.
  • The application processes for countries other than the UK are likely to be different so it is important that you do your own research into the preferred customs and application styles. Prospects has some excellent resources for applying for jobs outside of the UK

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