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Placement eligibility

This article contains information on whether you are eligible to undertake a placement with your course.

Students from the below school disciplines have the option of completing a placement year. You must take this placement between your second and third year of study.

  • Business School
  • Humanities
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Life and Medical Sciences
  • PAM
  • Computer Science/IT degree courses
  • Creative Arts

For other courses at UH you are required to check with your Programme Tutor to ensure that you know your course requirements and you can take a placement year as part of your programme.

For help finding a placement view the following article: Finding a work placement

Please check with your School about what course related activities you would need to do on your placement.

N.B:  If you are on a Tier 4 study visa, remember to check whether a work placement will affect your visa - for guidance, contact the Student Immigration Team (Advice) via email: sitadvice@herts.ac.uk or by telephone: 01707 284800.  This includes checking any restricted work placements.

International students (non-EU) can work full-time hours if they are undertaking a UH approved placement year as part of their studies. Outside of this, you can usually only work up to twenty hours per week – check your BRP card for how many hours you can work in term-time. You can undertake most types of work/work placement but you must NOT engage in business or self-employment which includes being a shareholder or owning a business.  Self-employment can also include selling your own products or regular Ebay selling.  You cannot take a placement as a professional sportsperson/sports coach.  Professional sportsperson includes playing or coaching, paid or unpaid, at all levels in any capacity.  This includes being registered with a national/youth/state/professional/semi-professional team.  This is not an exhaustive list, so if you are involved with any type of sporting activity or coaching, please seek advice from the International Student Support team. 

You also cannot be employed as an entertainer (including modelling) or doctor in training, and cannot fill a permanent full-time vacancy. UH international students are also not eligible to undertake a placement which involves solely being based from home.

If you are a University of Hertfordshire student, you will be able to work a maximum of 15 hours per week during term-time, regardless of whether you are a home or international student.        

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