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Experts in our field

Placement Year International are experts at arranging paid work placements in 4 & 5 Star hotels in China, the Maldives, Thailand the UK and Vietnam. We have strong partnerships with global brands and smaller boutique hotels and believe that work placements should be mutually beneficial for you and our partner hotels alike.


The costs vary depending on the destination you choose for your hospitality internship. For all destinations we charge a £195 registration fee. This confirms your commitment to our programme. It’s 100% refundable if we can’t find you a suitable work placement.

You pay for your flights, visa and insurance (if needed) and a placement arrangement fee. We’ll advise you on these and you can spread out the costs. You receive a salary and all your accommodation, food, airport transfers, orientation and support is included.


In return for your hard work and new ideas our partner hotels pay you a local salary. Use this to help towards the cost of your flight and visa or simply use it as spending money during your stay.


Like the idea of working overseas, but worried about culture shock? Living in a new and different culture can be a challenge. It can also be huge fun and we believe that’s a valuable part of your experience. We’re committed to you and our international partners so we have staff who help you adapt to your exciting new life both before and during your stay.

If you’re joining us in the UK, you’ll also receive local staff support from our UK head office staff in Brighton. 

Mandarin Language Course

If you’re off to China then a Mandarin language course is included in the cost of your visa. Provided by a top local university, you will develop your language skills alongside your hotel placement. Learn in small groups with our other interns and add another skill to your CV.

Flexible dates and Durations

You can join most of our programmes any month of the year. Tell us your ideal start date and we will agree one as close as possible. Choose your duration; depending on your destination, it could be anything from 6 to 18 months.

Future employment opportunities

Work hard, integrate yourself and you might find your work placement or internship leads to a future job. Our interns have been offered jobs with global brands in China, Thailand, the UK and other countries.


Business and tourism are growing rapidly in China. China’s luxury hotel industry is growing faster than in any other country. Now’s a very exciting time to get involved. It also stands out on a CV!


As an international tourist hub, Thailand consistently ranks in the top 10 preferred holiday destinations globally and in 2015 saw record numbers of tourists visit the country. It’s a great time to gain experience within Thailand’s hotel industry. We also offer a range of business placements as well as Sports, Leisure and Recreation placements in Thailand. In your free time you’ll also have plenty of awe-inspiring beaches and temples to visit.


The Maldives is famous around the world for offering some of the most luxurious holidays that money can buy. If you join one of our hospitality placements in the Maldives you will be working with highly trained colleagues to provide some of the best holiday experiences available on the planet. We don’t think you’ll get bored of the surroundings either!


Our UK programme is popular with international students studying at UK universities and who want to stay in the UK for their placement year. You can also join if you are from the UK and don’t want to spend time arranging a work placement – leave it to us so you can stay focussed on your studies and work. UK work placements are based in London and the south east of England. 


Vietnam is the perfect destination for people wanting to embrace south east Asian culture in a country less developed than Thailand. You’ll still gain experience at a 5 star hotel in a beautiful coastal setting and you’ll have fantastic opportunities for getting off the beaten track in your free time. 


Our partner hotels are serious about you. Your ideas, fresh perspective and dealings with their customers really matter.

Accurate matching

Everybody’s different. Matching your degree subject, interests, skills, previous experience and university requirements to our partner hotels’ requests ensures long-term success.

Work Supervisors

All our work placements are fully supervised by local hotel staff, usually the HR Manager. You will receive training and feedback throughout your work placement.

University documents

Joining as part of your university degree? Our staff will sign university documents confirming your contribution to the work placement to ensure the experience counts towards your degree.

Final Year Projects & Dissertations

If required, we will arrange for you to spend time researching your Final Year Project or Dissertation as part of your work placement. Tell us your requirements and we will discuss these with your partner hotel before you arrive to help you get started.

Apply Now for 2020/21 Find out more

We keep our application process simple to make it fast, secure and easy for you and us.

We have hospitality placements available at some of the world’s most prestigious hotels.

Sofitel Luxury Hotels
Tonino Lamborghini

Jason Billam - Plymouth University

“I wanted to personally thank you for all the help you've given me the last few months, and for allowing me to have this fantastic opportunity.”

Jason Billam - Plymouth University

"Thank you very much for everything, you found the internship I really wanted."

Gabriela Arevalo, Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS)

Alex Smarsch - Oxford Brookes University

“I arrived at the Sheraton hotel and there are no words to describe how amazing this place is and how well they treat me. I hope my work here makes up for the good treatment I get!”

Alex Smarsch - Oxford Brookes University

"I would really like to thank you for being so involved in finding my internship. It was a great thing to discover your program."

Marko Djukic - Switzerland

Jason Billam - Plymouth University
“I have always wanted to travel with my work, and experience different cultures and lifestyles. China is now a place with so much to offer due to its phenomenal growth in the last few decades.”

Jason Billam - Plymouth University

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Many of our destinations are currently affected by international travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If you want to start a placement after 1st January 2021 then please submit your CV and covering letter on this page and we will contact you to arrange an interview.

If you are looking for a placement starting before January 2021, we have a range of Virtual placements and internships which are available immediately. Find out more here

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