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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 (applicable to undergraduates who have the optional sandwich year on their course).

  • 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 masters courses with a sandwich placement year, please refer to your tutor/school with regards to eligibility for the placement, as well as the appropriate dates and deadlines.

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.

Please note that if you have outstanding fees with the University/a sanction for non-payment of fees, your placement may be unable to continue.  It is recommended that you make all the necessary fee payment arrangements in advance of your placement approval to avoid the delays related to this and the possibility that you may not be able to undertake your placement.

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

International students can work full-time hours if they are undertaking a UH approved placement year as part of their studies. Outside of this, International students can usually only work up to twenty hours per week – we advise them to check their BRP card for how many hours they can work in term-time. UH International students can undertake most types of work/work placement, but they 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.  International students 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 the student is due to be involved with any type of sporting activity or coaching, they need to seek advice from the SIT Advice team. 

UH international students also cannot be employed as an entertainer (including modelling) or doctor or dentist in training and cannot fill a permanent full-time vacancy.  UH international students are only able to undertake a placement which is permanently and full time remote/home working with the permission of their School, and providing that the placement can be monitored by UH.

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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