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What type of placements can I look for? (Part 1)

This article outlines the the two types of placements you can undertake.

Full Placement Year 

Check eligibility - If you are eligible to take a placement you may be able to undertake a full placement year.

Where can I work?

You can do a full work placement year either home or abroad as long as you meet the necessary visa requirements of that country.     

What are the requirements 

To fulfil university requirements, your placement must be:

  • Of sufficient length. Typically, a placement is 9-12 months long; we encourage students to seek something in this range.  However, 30 weeks is the minimum current requirement.
  • Full-time hours (minimum of 35 hours per week).  Please note: The minimum of 30 weeks is overruled if your individual school programme specification requires that you must do more/less than 30 weeks.

Finding a placement

Click here for the four steps you should take to find a work placement.

6 months study/ 6 months work abroad

You may be eligible to do to do a split placement where you study abroad for 6 months and work for 6 months

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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