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Career and employability skills

Unlock a world of opportunity

The University of Surrey has a proven track record of producing successful, qualified, and highly employable graduates. It’s why the University was awarded the University of the Year for Graduate Employment by the Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Career development starts at the International Study Centre

At the International Study Centre, we support you to on your journey to a rewarding career. Career development tasks at the International Study Centre have been created with employability in mind, and puts you on the first step towards an exciting career. Our expert staff have embedded a range of highly transferrable skills in the modules you study as part of your pathway programme. As part of this innovative programme, you will create an Employability Record — an e-portfolio that tracks the engaging employability activities you’ve completed. Alongside boosting your skills, you’re able to take this record forward, and use it to evidence your learning and passion. The Employability Record is recognised by the Surrey’s Employability and Careers Centre, which will help the dedicated team tailor their advice and guidance.

Maximise your potential at the University of Surrey

To help you graduate with all the skills you need for career success, the University of Surrey combines excellent teaching, and high-quality work placements.

The Professional Training Year — Surrey’s work placement scheme — has been awarded the best university work placement service for three years in a row by the National University Employability Awards (2019-2021).

Learn from experts

As part of your career development, guest speakers come to the International Study Centre and share their stories and knowledge.

Innovative lecturers, senior researchers, and a range of professionals have spoken here.

Surrey student in class

Graduate Immigration Route

With your valid Student visa, you can stay and work in the UK for up to two years after you've graduated. Discover the UK's post-study work visa.

Work in the UK

Top university in the UK for placements

Alongside the National University Employability award, Surrey was ranked 1st in the UK and 12th in the world for work placements by the QS World Employability Rankings 2020. A successful career awaits Surrey graduates.

What is the Professional Training Year?

Giving students the best possible start to a rewarding professional career is Surrey’s focus.

A Professional Training Year takes place between your second and third years of undergraduate study and can be up to 12 months long. During that time, you will complete a work placement at one of Surrey’s partners. There are opportunities for you to work abroad, too.

This scheme is available on almost all undergraduate programmes — wherever you see your future, Surrey has careers support for you.

Why choose a placement year?

  • Surrey is partnered with over 2,300 national and international businesses.
  • Gain valuable experience at important and prestigious companies.
  • Apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to a real workplace.
  • Gain and develop key professional skills for the future.
  • Build connections in your chosen industry.

Some of the companies Surrey students have taken a placement with include:

Surrey placement companies

Prepare for employment

As well as the Professional Training Year, Surrey’s Employability and Careers Centre is a dedicated hub for boosting your employability. The expert staff here can provide guidance and advice to ensure you have the skills employers are looking for.

Surrey also runs a unique Employability Award. Designed to help you focus on developing useful skills, the Employability Award sees you take on a range of extra-curricular tasks that you will collect in an e-portfolio. With evidence of careers-focused activity and personal development, you’re sure to stand out from the crowd.

Glenn from Hong Kong

"The International Study Centre had a really good impact in preparing me for my undergraduate course and my placement year. I realised there's so many things I had to improve and develop. It's really important to have a positive attitude towards your studies."

Glenn from Hong Kong
Studied International Foundation Year – Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences

Engineering student from the University of Surrey

Programmes

The International Foundation Year and the Pre-Masters are designed to provide international students with a direct pathway to a degree at the University of Surrey.

Surrey students studying together

Entry requirements

Find out about English language and academic entry requirements for entry to your International Study Centre programme.