Surrey ranked top in the UK for work placements and research partnerships

Employability and career preparation are a key part of your studies

Surrey ISC student doing a practical

The University of Surrey has been ranked 1st in the UK by QS World Employability Rankings 2019 for work placements and research partnerships with employers. Surrey also achieved 7th place globally for work placements, and 18th in the UK for overall employability.

Work placements offer invaluable experience to students, allowing them to develop essential progression skills while studying. Around 1,200 students from the University of Surrey take part in work and research placements around the world each year, with 39% on average returning with a job offer.

Taking part in a work placement allows students to build their confidence, and take on additional responsibility to use their knowledge in practice. By applying their skills in a workplace, students are more likely to achieve better grades, and the experience gained can open doors to job opportunities after graduation. On average, graduates who take part in a placement training year earn 15% more than those who don’t complete a placement.

Keith Herrmann, Director of Employability and Career at the University of Surrey, said: “Our Professional Training placements offer students a unique experience to gain access to the world of work. Gaining valuable employability skills is an integral part of their studies and at Surrey, Professional Training is classed as a crucial part of a student’s personal and professional development. It is great to see the work of our academic placement tutors and Employability and Career team recognised by QS in this ranking.”

All undergraduate students at Surrey have the opportunity to do a placement with the Professional Training programme. As an International Study Centre student who has progressed to the University, you will be able to choose from more than 2,300 placement partners.

Find out more about career development opportunities available to international students at the University of Surrey.