PPL International Study Programme
PPL has an exciting annual programme of short international study visits including to Paris, Brussels, Kortrijk in Flanders, and to Geneva. The Programme normally takes place between March and May each year.
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.
A Certificate of Participation is awarded to students who send a reflective report on their experience to the School’s Employability Director. They 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 (subject to booking each year):
- 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 media, culture and society. Past activities included interactive projects with students from HoWest University College in Kortrijk, Belgium, and visits and talks at the European Institute for Asian Studies, European Parliament, House of European History
- Geneva International Studies Programme: past visits included the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) , UNHCR, International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Health Organisation, and non-governmental bodies concerned with 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.
PPL students benefit from yearly events organised by the School and CareersCentral, including:
- Influencing for a Living: Working in Politics, Public Affairs and the Third Sector (a day of presentations and discussions with alumni working in public policy),
- Languages and Communication at Work (an alumni panel on careers past students have gone into using their language and communication skills),
- Global Opportunities Week (a whole week of activities aimed at raising students’ aspirations to work overseas. Each day is themed around a particular part of the world).
Our events rely on alumni who give helpful insights and advice on how to best transition into the world of work. Other UEA careers events include for example Working with Words and UEA’s Recruitment and Opportunities Fair.
PPL also organises day-trips to local and London based companies and organisations. Past visits included the Houses of Parliament, The Guardian, Red Bee Media (a subtitling and dubbing company), the Daily Telegraph, Al Jezeera London Studios, and the BBC.