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Regent's College international degree placements 'key building block'

The European Business School London (EBSL), part of Regent's College London, offers compulsory 36-week placements as part of two international degree programmes. Both the BA (Hons) in International Business (BAIB) and the BA (Hons) in International Events Management (BAIEM) are unique in requiring students to complete placements in either the vacation periods, or part-time alongside their studies. This integral component of the degree ensures students graduate with the much sought-after skills employers are looking for, while avoiding any lengthening of the study period. 

All placements are validated by staff in the Careers and Business Relations Department and students failing to complete the minimum requirement of 36 weeks will delay their completion and graduation.  

Career plan

Students are supported in their search for internships with a comprehensive, daily-updated, vacancies board. Students on both programmes engage with the Careers and Business Relations Department as early as their first semester, working through a career plan, which ensures they have CV, covering letter and application writing skills and are well-prepared for interviews and assessment centres.

Andre Georgi, currently in the final year of the BAIB and working on placement in China, said:

"My 36 weeks of work experience are best described in three words: enriching, challenging and ground-breaking. I have learnt to prove myself in a variety of industries worldwide, developed a professional network prior to graduation and feel more confident within a fiercely competitive working environment. In retrospect, this programme, supported by the in-house career services, might have been the most valuable part of my time at EBS, helping me understand what I really want to do upon graduation."

Dr Nick Bowen, Principal Lecturer for the BAIB, said:

“From the point of view of students, alumni and employers, the work placement element of the programme is invaluable; it is regarded as a key building block in the preparation of international business managers.”

Ivo Detelinov graduated in 1994 with a BA (Hons) in Business Administration and is currently a Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He believes that the requirement of 36 weeks' work experience has helped him in getting where he is today:

"Now in a hiring position, I look most favourably at applicants who have varied work experience and internships on their CVs."

Regent’s College London believes the integral placements of these programmes to be unique and finds that they really do produce outstanding graduates with the skills and knowledge required by employers.

This article first appeared in Phoenix (May 2012).

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