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Department of Chemistry

IAESTE Exchanges

IAESTE (The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience), founded in 1948, is a student exchange organisation with over 80 member countries worldwide. It provides degree-level students of science, engineering, technology and the applied arts with paid, course-related, technical training abroad and promotes international understanding and goodwill among students of all nations. IAESTE UK is managed by the British Council, the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.

As a student, you can benefit from an IAESTE exchange not only through work placement relevant to your field of study, but also through the enriching cultural experience of living and working abroad for 6-12 weeks.

Initial registration of interest in IAESTE must be submitted by early December, and most applicants find out by May the following year whether they have been accepted on the summer exchange programme.

If you're a Durham student seeking an IAESTE placement abroad, you can find full details of the application process at:

If you're an undergraduate student outside the United Kingdom and you're interested in an incoming IAESTE placement, you need to apply through your national IAESTE office. You can find their contact details at:

If you have specific questions about IAESTE opportunities in Chemistry, please contact Andrew Unwin (