Employability-focused events and visits are organised throughout the year for PPL students Employability-focused events and visits are organised throughout the year for PPL students

PPL International Study Programme

PPL has an exciting annual programme of short periods of international study in Paris, Brussels, Kortrijk in Flanders, and in Geneva.  The Programme normally takes place between March and May, with a closing reception at UEA at the beginning of June.

Participation enhances classroom based study through talks, tours, visits and in situ teaching in centres of international governance with a significant presence of international organisations, non-governmental bodies and media. The Programme also raises awareness of the opportunities for employment at the international level by opening horizons, through networking such as meeting officials, politicians and UEA alumni, and by developing employability skills to meet the attributes expected by employers of graduates in today's world.

In order to receive a Certificate of Participation, students are invited to send a reflective report on their experience to the School’s Employability Director. They then receive feedback, and are encouraged to feed their report into the UEA Skills Award, a certificate recognising the range of activities, both academic and extra-curricular, undertaken during a student’s time at UEA  (https://www.uea.ac.uk/careers/skillsaward).

The PPL International Study Programme includes:

  • Paris Careers Programme: aimed at language students in particular. Visits aim to make students discover a variety of domains their course can lead to, and include (depending on the year): the translation and interpreting services of the OECD, UNESCO, Agence France Presse, the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, as well as the French National Assembly.
  • Brussels: International Careers and Employability Programme (BICEP): aimed particularly at students studying international relations, security, politics, European studies, languages, with teaching, visits, tours, and discussions at NATO institutions, the European Parliament, the UK Representation to the EU, as well as the European Commission.
  • Kortrijk and Brussels Media Programme: especially for students of broadcast journalism, and for media, culture and society; with interactive project working with students from HoWest University College in Kortrijk, Belgium, and with visits and talks at NATO, the European Institute for Asian Studies, and European Parliament.
  • Geneva International Studies Programme: aimed especially at students of international relations, public policy, and security studies; with visits, tours and teaching, including to such organisations as the United Nations, UNHCR, International Committee of the Red Cross, World Health Organisation, and non-governmental bodies concerned with reducing nuclear proliferation, human rights, etc.

Each strand is relevant to students of a different degree course but each is also open to students from all disciplines within PPL.

Campus/London-based visits and events

PPL students benefit from a number of yearly events organised by UEA’s Careers and Employability especially for their course, such as:

  • Working in Politics and Government (a day of presentations and discussions with alumni working in public policy),
  • Careers Using Languages Fair (featuring graduate recruiters interested in recruiting linguists or multilingual students), followed by a masterclass on setting up a freelance translation business,
  • Philosophy Alumni Debate (Philosophy alumni working in a variety of sectors debating on the centrality of Philosophy in the world of work),
  • Working in Charities and NGOs (panel of UEA graduates who have forged successful careers in the third sector).

All our events rely heavily on alumni, who can give helpful insights and advice on how to best transition into the world of work. Other UEA careers events include, amongst many others, Working with Words and UEA’s Recruitment and Opportunities Fair.

PPL also organises day-trips to London, for example to visit a subtitling and dubbing company, Westminster, or the Guardian’s offices.