The year abroad
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Placement, business school, or both?
The year abroad is a demanding and rewarding experience, allowing you to build your language fluency, apply the management theory you have learnt in the classroom, and learn more about a different country and culture.
If you opt for the placement-only route, you will spend a minimum of nine months working in a company, although most students choose to stay on longer to maximise their business experience and language competence.
Alternatively, choose to spend a full academic year at one of our partner business schools in either France, Spain, Germany, Latin America or Canada.
Business school and placement
Combine both options and enjoy two very different experiences during your third year. Spend one semester at a partner business school then go on to a work placement of four to six months. This option gives you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the culture and the language of the country before having to cope with the demands of a day-to-day job.
My year abroad was a truly wonderful experience, teaching me how to be independent, improving my language skills, and best of all, it built some lifelong friendships.
Placement: acos, Hamburg
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What job could I be doing?
The type of work available is diverse, ranging from marketing and public relations through to finance, banking and computing, and so are the tasks and levels of responsibility. Much depends on your interests, prior experience and level of fluency in the relevant language. You could be working as:
- Foreign Mortgages Assistant
- Junior Auditor
- Learning Co-ordinator (Training Department)
- Customer and Production Support
- Technical Service Assistant
- Sales Assistant
- Investor Relations
- Credit Analyst
- Analyst - Commercial Banking
- Commercial Banking Trainee
- Purchasing Trainee
- Sales Analyst
- Business Solutions Management
- Risk Management Trainee
- Human Resources Assistant
- Marketing Assistant
- External/Internal Communications Assistant
- Press Relations
Placements are available in a variety of national and multinational companies of all sectors, private and public, including subsidiaries of large and small organizations. Being flexible and open-minded about the type of company, job and location you apply for will maximise your chances of obtaining a placement. Some of the companies which have recently provided IMML students with work experience abroad are:
Further information on placements
For further details on our placements scheme, including information such as how we help you secure a placement, the interview process, monitoring your progress, salaries and accommodation during the placement, please view the PDF document .
Please note that as a student you are not guaranteed a work placement and you must satisfy any visa and/or work permit requirements in the country in which you wish to undertake a placement. If you are unable to obtain the necessary documentation, you will normally attend one of our partner business schools during the Year Abroad.