A placement is a period of approved academic/vocational activity, integral to the student’s course, undertaken outside the normal academic context. Placements can take place in the UK or overseas and can be organised by the University or the student.
Types of placement include
Study Abroad: a semester or year abroad, unusually in exchange with another academic or training institution. See Study Abroad.
Professional experience placements: industrial, practice, clinical or other placements as part of requirements leading to professional qualifications. Take a look at our Professional Placements table below to find out who you can contact.
Fieldwork projects: organised by individuals or organisations external to the University. Please contact your School for more information.
Elective placements: may be sourced and organised by the student. Please contact your School for more information.
Disclosure and Barring Service
DBS checks are required in circumstances where your placements put you in contact with:
- children/young people ages under 18
- vulnerable adults
- people who need medical treatment/examination
Contact the Student Disclosure Service
Occupational Health, UEA Medical Services
Overseas placements and most professional placements require Occupational Health clearance. Check with Occupational Health and your School for more information.
Insurance for Placements
Students can apply for coverage under the UEA’s travel policy
Professional Service Organisations
Students joining placements in professional service organisations are covered under the Placement Provider’s Professional Indemnity or Medical Malpractice Insurance. In certain cases, the insurance is available through the student’s professional body e.g. the College of Occupational Therapists. Email us for more information.
Tier 4 Visa Holders
Students with Tier 4 visas should contact the UEA Visa Support Team for advice about undertaking a placement whilst studying on their course.
The university supports students who have a disability. Contact our team for guidance and support regarding placements.
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