Why Choose us?
Our Covid-19 guarantee
We appreciate we are living through turbulent times. As a responsible organisation, we always have to ensure that safety and security is the first priority so we are constantly taking advice from the FCO, local governments and our own staff in different destinations. We also know that many young people want to get on with their lives and make plans for the future. We want to help make that possible. So we’ve introduced our Covid-19 guarantee so that people can get on and book their places with us safe in the knowledge we have a range of options if Covid-19 disrupts plans again. Read more here.
Experts in our field
Placement Year International are experts at arranging Business placements and internships with host companies in Australia, Nepal, Thailand, the UK and Virtually. Additionally, our range of paid Hospitality and Events placements in 4 & 5 Star hotels in China, the Maldives, Thailand the UK and Vietnam enables hospitality students and recent graduates to work in some of the best hotel properties in the world. We have strong partnerships with global brands and smaller boutique hotels and believe that work placements should be mutually beneficial for you and our partner organisations alike.
The costs vary depending on the destination you choose for your placement or internship. For all destinations we charge a £200 Acceptance Fee. This confirms your commitment to our programme. It’s 100% refundable if we can’t find you a suitable work placement.
You pay for your flights, visa and insurance (if required) and a placement arrangement fee. These are only due after we confirm your host company and you can spread out the costs.
Many placements pay a salary or stipend and some also provide accommodation, food, airport transfers and work permit. We will invite you to monthly group zoom calls to meet other people on our programme, ask your questions and get regular updates from our friendly staff at our Brighton office. Support from our local staff in your destination is also included.
In return for your hard work and new ideas many of our partner organisations pay you a local salary. Use this to help towards the cost of your flight and visa or simply use it as spending money during your stay. Contact us to find out how this varies between destinations.
Like the idea of working abroad, but worried about culture shock? Living in a new and different culture can be a challenge. It can also be huge fun and we believe that’s a valuable part of your experience. We’re committed to you and our international partners so we have staff in the UK and abroad who help you adapt to your exciting new life both before and during your stay.
Mandarin Language Course
If you’re off to China on our teaching programme then a short Mandarin language course is included after you arrive in Shanghai. It’ll teach you the basics to help you settle in and communicate with your new colleagues (and it’s a lot of fun!).
Flexible dates and Durations
You can start most of our programmes any month of the year. Tell us your ideal start date and we will agree one as close as possible. Choose your duration; depending on your destination, it could be anything from 2 months during a summer holiday, up to 12 months placement as part of your degree or after graduating.
Future employment opportunities
Work hard, integrate yourself and you might find your work placement or internship leads to a future job. Our interns have been offered jobs with global brands in China, Thailand, the UK and other countries.
Australia is our most popular destination for Business placements and internships and it’s easy to see why. A strong economy, great way of life, and fantastic travel opportunities make trips enjoyable and worthwhile. Choose from opportunities in everything from Accounting and Finance, to Marketing and Sales, Business development, Events, IT, HR and more.
Business and tourism are growing rapidly in China. China’s luxury hotel industry is growing faster than in any other country and their schools constantly request international graduates to help educate their next generation. Now’s a very exciting time to get involved. It also stands out on a CV!
As an international tourist hub, Thailand consistently ranks in the top 10 preferred holiday destinations globally. It’s a great time to gain experience within Thailand’s luxury hotel industry. We also offer a range of business placements as well as Sports, Leisure and Recreation and Teaching placements for graduates in Thailand. In your free time you’ll also have plenty of awe-inspiring beaches and temples to visit.
The Maldives is famous around the world for offering some of the most luxurious holidays that money can buy. If you join one of our hospitality placements in the Maldives you will be working with highly trained colleagues to provide some of the best holiday experiences available on the planet. We don’t think you’ll get bored of the surroundings either!
Our UK programme is popular with international students studying at UK universities and who want to stay in the UK for their placement year. You can also join if you are from the UK and don’t want to spend time travelling abroad – leave us to arrange your placement so you can stay focussed on your studies and work. UK work placements are based in London and the south east of England.
Vietnam is the perfect destination for people wanting to embrace south east Asian culture in a country less developed than Thailand. You’ll still gain experience at a 5 star hotel in a beautiful coastal setting and you’ll have fantastic opportunities for getting off the beaten track in your free time.
Our partner host companies are serious about you. Your ideas, fresh perspective and dealings with their customers really matter. Our objective is to arrange a placement or internship where you gain real work experience in a role of your choice. You will receive training from colleagues at your host company while also making contacts in the industry. Overall, the experience should be worthwhile for you and your host company.
Everybody’s different. Matching your degree subject, interests, skills, previous experience and university requirements (if joining as part of your degree) to our partner host companies’ requests ensures long-term success.
All our interns are assigned a local work supervisor who will give you initial training, set your work tasks, give you guidance, support and feedback on your work to help you develop during your placement.
Joining as part of your university degree? Our staff will help complete all university documents confirming your contribution to the work placement to ensure the experience counts towards your degree.
Final Year Projects & Dissertations
If required, we will arrange for you to spend time researching your Final Year Project or Dissertation as part of your work placement. Tell us your requirements and we will discuss these with your host company before you arrive to help you get started.
Working in partnership with universities, prestigious global hotel brands and many other businesses.
"I thank you for your support. It really was a great experience."
Fabien Shaikh, Nottingham Trent University
Nepal Business, Jan 2022
"Did a great job at finding me a placement in my chosen country and in my chosen field - especially given the difficulties of Covid and restricted travel."
Harry Moore, Loughborough University
"I always wanted to work in the UK as it has a rich culture. I have expanded my global connections. You were very helpful and informative."
Charmian Chang, University of Surrey
"I improved my communication, confidence, team work skills. Placement Year International is highly professional and organised. The communication and assistance was great, even after everything was sorted out with contracts!"
Feruza Shakir, University of Huddersfield
"Your service and that of your staff has been phenomenal!"
Geoffrey Frey, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
"I am working as sales and marketing Intern. Placement Year International could not make it any simpler. I am actively referring my friends."
Satwik Shiv, Nottingham Trent University
"It is a great established company with a lovely director who is very engaging to interns. I will recommend for my fellow Bournemouth University students."
Mei Smith, Bournemouth University
"I definitely enjoyed my placement in Nepal and the process for applying was made very easy by the team at Placement Year International."
Sam Galloway, University of Glasgow