Frequently asked questions about placements
Can I do a placement?
I’m an international student. Can I do a placement?
Yes. As an international student, you bring a unique set of skills and cultural perspectives, which are valued by many UK employers. You can enhance these skills by gaining professional experience on placement. For some international students visa conditions will need to be met.
You’ll use and develop your skills and knowledge, enhance your employability and hone your business acumen. It’s a great way to get professional experience of working in UK business.
We recommend before you start applying you talk to an UWE Immigration Adviser so you are clear about what you need to do, as there are some visa requirements. Please read our visa work placements advice for information on placements and your visa.
International students can also apply to the International Talent Internship Scheme. As part of this scheme you will undertake paid part-time work for a period of eight weeks with a UK employer.
Do I have a deadline for finding or confirming my placement?
Yes, you’ll need to have found a placement before term begins in September. This will allow you time to register with UWE Bristol, get your placement approved and start work by September, or register with the University and return to your final year if you don’t secure a placement.
It’s important that you start your placement search early – most placements are confirmed in spring or summer.
Please talk to the Placement Team if you’ve got any concerns about meeting these deadlines.
I’ve found a placement. What should I do next?
Who do I contact if I need to talk to someone about my placement?
Our dedicated Placement Support Team is available to give you support and advice on workplace matters.
As a full-time student at the University, you’ll continue to benefit from the full range of support services that we provide.
If you’ve got specific questions about your placement module coursework you should contact your academic tutor.
Finance and funding
Do I still need to register at the University or pay tuition fees?
Sandwich placements are assessed as part of your degree. As well as having your placement confirmed, you’ll also need to register and pay fees for that academic year. This ensures you can:
- submit academic work and have it marked
- receive academic support from UWE Bristol
- use the University IT, library and other support services
- have your tuition fee loan released to the University by the Student Loans Company
- qualify for Council Tax exemption and other student discounts.
Take a look at our fees and funding section for information about funding sources and who to get in touch with for fees enquiries.
How much will my placement year cost?
Most students don’t pay extra for their placement, and the cost of the placement module is deducted from your final year fees.
You can check how much your course fees will be using our tuition fee search.
How much can I earn on my sandwich placement?
The majority of sandwich placements are paid and will attract a salary of between £15,000 to £18,000 per annum. The amount you could earn can vary significantly depending on the industry and location.
Some sectors, such as the charity sector and statutory services, may offer unpaid placements. The University doesn’t advertise unpaid placements, but we’ll approve unpaid placements found by the student on a case by case basis.
If you’re considering undertaking an unpaid placement it’s essential that you carefully consider how you’ll support yourself financially. Your role should also be clearly defined to ensure that you'll be gaining worthwhile experience.
If you’re on a sandwich placement, please see our guidance on finance during your placement year.
Am I eligible for funding?
You may be eligible for a tuition fee loan and reduced living cost loan. Please take a look at our funding guidance for full-time undergraduate students. You should also check the application procedure with your student funding body.
Do I have to pay Council Tax?
You’re exempt from paying Council Tax whilst you’re officially registered as a full-time student.
You must ensure that you provide the local authority with your Exemption Certificate. You can download a Council Tax Exemption certificate from MyUWE.
View our student Council Tax FAQs for more information.
Safety and travel
How can I stay safe overseas?
Going overseas can be an amazing experience, but it can also be daunting and may come with risks. Make sure that you research the country in-depth before you apply to, and accept, a placement.
Before you go, find out about the culture, potential language barriers, visas, security issues and even practical things like what vaccinations you need, what plugs are used and how to call the emergency services.
You can find the answers to all of these subjects and lots more through Global Response's Travel Advice online platform. In order to access the online platform, you'll need to:
- Visit the Drum Cussac website
- Register using your 'uwe.ac.uk' email address
- Await a verification email and set up a password
Once you've registered online you can download the GlobalRiskManager app supplied by Drum Cussac to keep up to date on the go (available on the App Store and Google Play).
The online platform and app also offer real time country specific alerts and both are accessible before and during your travels.
Important contact details
Please make a written note of the number below and save it on your phone:
Global Response: +44 (0)2920 662425
When to call Global Response:
- in the event of an emergency when you're overseas
- for pre-trip advice
- for overseas support with lost/stolen luggage
- any other travel advice and assistance-related enquiry
As you're undertaking a placement which is part of an assessed module, you're covered by UWE Bristol's Travel Insurance Policy. You’ll also need to make sure that the University’s level of insurance cover is relevant for what you’re doing on placement. Please read through the UWE Bristol Travel Insurance Policy.
How do I apply for an Oyster Card?
If you’re on a sandwich placement in Greater London, you may be eligible for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard.
Before you apply, please update your details in myUWE to reflect your address in Greater London. Transport for London (TfL) won’t process your application unless you have a London address.
Take a look at eligibility criteria for the 18+ Student Oyster photocard.
Open the Oyster Card application form and select 'Apply for an 18+ Oyster photocard’. Please keep a note of an application number you’re given.
Send us a message via MyQuestions with the following information:
- In the topic field: 'Confirming your placements/work-based learning activity details to UWE Bristol'
- In the question field: Please provide your Oyster application number – eg 71234567890
- Attach a copy of your completed TfL letter
You must complete and submit your Employability Activity Confirmation before the Placement Team can complete a letter of authorisation.
Once we’ve signed your letter of authorisation you’ll need to post it to TfL using the address supplied on the application form so you can complete your application.
Please note: TfL can take up to 90 days to process your application.