Coronavirus Covid-19 update

Mar 16, 2020

Update on COVID-19 as of 14/04/2020

During these difficult times, we want to reassure all our interns that your safety and well being is our number one priority. We are certainly navigating through uncharted waters and these are difficult times for everyone, so we thank each of you for your cooperation and understanding as we work together.

We are constantly monitoring the latest information for all our destinations and are in communication with our colleagues abroad, whilst also following advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).

If there is a change that will impact your placement, we will of course contact you and explain the options available. Most of our interns start their placements in September / October, by which time we hope that life will be returning to normal and placements will therefore go ahead unaffected. We have asked all interns to be flexible to later start dates if necessary and anyone booking a trip must remain flexible to start dates between September 2020 and January 2021.

If the FCO advises against travel to a specific country or region you are booked to travel to, or if there’s a travel ban in place in your destination, we will contact you to explain your options. 

If, by the time of your placement, the FCO deems that travel to your chosen country or region is safe and you decide to cancel, then our normal cancellation terms and conditions will apply.

For more information about travel restrictions, please visit and for general advice about the UK government’s response, please visit

We really appreciate your understanding and patience as we move through the next few months. 

With thanks,

The Placement Year International Team

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Jason Billam - Plymouth University

“I wanted to personally thank you for all the help you've given me the last few months, and for allowing me to have this fantastic opportunity.”

Jason Billam - Plymouth University

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Gabriela Arevalo, Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS)

Alex Smarsch - Oxford Brookes University

“I arrived at the Sheraton hotel and there are no words to describe how amazing this place is and how well they treat me. I hope my work here makes up for the good treatment I get!”

Alex Smarsch - Oxford Brookes University

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Marko Djukic - Switzerland

Jason Billam - Plymouth University
“I have always wanted to travel with my work, and experience different cultures and lifestyles. China is now a place with so much to offer due to its phenomenal growth in the last few decades.”

Jason Billam - Plymouth University

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