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Durham University

Department of Geography

Year Abroad and Placement Year Opportunities in Geography

We have a number of exciting opportunities for students to spend part of their Geography Degree Programme on an industrial placement or at a University overseas.

For a placement year, students usually spend a minimum of 40 weeks working on between one and three different placements, either in the UK or internationally. The year gives you the opportunity to undertake professional level work experience in an area that aligns to your broad career aspirations. The area can be directly or indirectly related to Geography. Placement years can help you to enhance your CV, trial a career, improve your network, discover a new city or country and earn money.

The Careers and Enterprise Centre at Durham can provide you with support that will help you to secure a placement. The placement year is usually assessed through two reflective assignments and a poster conference when you return to Durham for your final year. You retain your student status for the year and continue to receive academic guidance.

Geography students are welcome to participate in Durham University’s Overseas Exchange Programme, which allows students to study at partner institutions around the world.

For Study Abroad, students can apply to any one of 30 universities, providing that they offer appropriate modules for Geography students. Geography students have previously studied at:

Study Abroad is a competitive, university-wide scheme, and decisions are made by a cross-faculty selection panel that looks at the grades and personal statement of candidates.

Our International Office Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad pages contain additional information for outgoing and incoming students.

Contact Information

Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 1000, ask us:

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