Study abroad and work placement year

If you join us to study for a three year BA degree, such as BA History or BA International History and Politics, you will have the opportunity to extend your degree with a study abroad year or a work placement year. You apply early in your second year at Leeds, spend your third year abroad or on placement, and then return to Leeds to complete your studies in an additional fourth and final year.

Study abroad

Studying abroad is a fantastic way to broaden your cultural awareness, gain experience of a different academic environment, and develop a range of skills which enhance your employability.

We have over 70 partnerships with universities around the world, including many top-ranking institutions. Popular destinations include Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Israel, Netherlands, Sweden and the USA. Our students can also study in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, and Spain. To study abroad you don’t need to speak another language as many of our partner universities offer teaching in English.

You’ll get support with your application to study abroad from the School of History’s Study Abroad Advisor and the Study Abroad Office. The year is assessed on a pass/fail basis, and upon successful completion you will be awarded an International or European variant to your degree which will help you to stand out to employers.

Find out more about destinations, funding, costs, and student experiences here.

If you are studying a Joint Honours programme which combines History with a language (for example, History and Spanish), you will spend a year abroad in a country in which your language of study is spoken. Find out more about the language year abroad.

Work placement year

A year at work is a great way to help build your confidence in essential skills and gain valuable first-hand experience in the workplace. Undertaking a work placement year can help you to stand out to graduate recruiters.

Placements can be paid or unpaid with any size of organisation and can take place both in the UK and overseas. Most students work with one organisation throughout the year, but it’s also possible to undertake two or three shorter placements over the course of the year.

You’ll work closely with the Careers Centre to find a placement. To help you prepare for a placement, the Careers Centre offers a range of support, from relevant workshops covering interview skills and communication in the workplace, to one-to-one drop-in sessions aimed at evaluating your skills and making plans to improve existing skills or to gain new ones. The School of History’s placement contact, an academic staff member, is also available to offer advice and support.

Find out more about the work placement year.