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Global Traineeship Programme

So you want to work abroad... That's great! 

As a first or second year student, you have a few of options. 

1. You can do a traditional year abroad studying at one of our many partner institutions around the world. 

2. You could do a Traineeship working with an employer of your choice abroad for all or part of the year. 

3. You can do a Traineeship in the summer. If you want to participate in the summer, please see the Global Internships Programme run by UCL Careers. 

You should enrol on the BASc Traineeships Abroad Moodle page and read the content of the Overview tab carefully to familiarize yourself with the traineeships requirements. Make sure that you complete and send all of your traineeship documents to uasc-ug-office@ucl.ac.uk. You can find all the templates that you need in the Required Documents tab and the instructions in the Overview tab on Moodle. 

If you have any questions about BASc Year Abroad Traineeships, feel free to email uasc-ug-office@ucl.ac.uk to arrange a Microsoft Teams meeting or drop in to have a chat in the BASc Office.  

Considering doing a Traineeship? 

Before considering work placements, you must consider the following requirements. In order for your Work Placement to be approved you need to demonstrate 6 things:

1. That the job is of benefit to you in the future and a worthwhile intellectual and professional challenge that will tax you as much as a year of university study might do.

2. That you will be using your core language at your place of work and will be able to progress the required 2 CLIE levels upon your return to UCL.

3. That you are not going back to your home country for your placement.*

4. That your employer is reputable and trustworthy.

5. That you will be safe in your job.

6. That you will be working reasonable hours and won’t be overworked.

*Applicable only to EU and international students.

France only: Your employer may request that you also complete a Convention de stage (it does not need to be returned to BASc). The form is available in French and English.

To demonstrate all of the above, you need to first indicate your intention to apply for a work placement on your BASc Year Abroad proposal form which is in February of your second year. Please find this as well as all other necessary documentation in the Required Documents section on Moodle.

Failure to meet any of these criteria will mean that your work placement will be rejected and you will be obliged to take up one of your back-up university placements (as listed on your BASc Year Abroad application) or transferred to the 3-year programme. 

BASc Programme Requirements

1. Students must organise work placements themselves, by the end of April in their second year. There are no extensions to this deadline.

2. Students who do not secure any offers or complete their work application documentation by the deadline, will be promptly allocated to one of the remaining study placements at our partner universities if on the Year Abroad.

3. All placements must be a worthwhile intellectual and professional challenge that will tax students as much as a year of university study might do.

4. Placements must be risk-assessed to ensure that the workplace is safe and approved by the Study Abroad Officer before students take up the post.

5. The language of the workplace should be the student's core language 

6. The placement must not be in the student’s home country.

7.  Placements can only be taken abroad, in a country where the target language is an official language.

8. The minimum length for work placements is:

      - 8 months (max. 12) for those participating in a traineeship for the full year

      - 4 months (max. 6) for those participating in a traineeship for one term

      - 2 months (max. 3) for those participating in a traineeship in the summer

9. Students are not allowed to apply for work placements without authorisation from UCL

10. Spain: placements should not be arranged in Catalonia, due to a limited exposure to Castilian in work places.

Important Point

Students considering a work placement must also familiarise themselves with UCL’s Safety Services’ Offsite working sources of information webpage prior to undertaking their work placement. You can also find useful information on the Careers Office website You may need a visa to work in your destination country, so leave plenty of time to obtain one. In case of problems, UCL cannot intervene on your behalf with your employer. It is a contract between you and your employer, so try to establish cordial and professional relationships from day one. If something happens during your placement with which you are not comfortable, inform the Study Abroad Officer immediately for advice and support.