The Placement Office is responsible for the management and administration of the third year off-campus programme component of the Bachelor of Arts degree.
Please note the Placement Office no longer oversees the administration of the Erasmus+ KA103 exchange programme; Erasmus+ EU exchanges are now managed by MIC's International Office. Please click here for more information.
The third year of the Bachelor of Arts degree is dedicated to the Off-Campus Programme. This programme enables students to expand their knowledge and skills through study abroad and/or work placements. International placements are highly valued and encouraged for the added cultural and linguistic benefits they confer. Students are encouraged to make full use of the consequent opportunities for further travel, fostering adaptability and a global outlook to enable them to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world of work.
The Placement Office is located in G04, situated on the ground floor of the Foundation Building.
BA Off-Campus Programme
The third year of the Bachelor of Arts is dedicated to the off-campus programme. This programme enables students to expand their knowledge and skills through study abroad and/or work placements. Students undertake either one placement for the full academic year or two placements of a semester’s duration each.
There is a strong international focus, whereby all students are encouraged to spend at least one semester in another country. This provides an opportunity to experience and understand other cultures, and, in the case of placements in continental Europe, to improve foreign language skills. Students of French, German and/or Spanish are normally required to complete a minimum of one semester in an environment where the relevant language(s) is/are spoken. Students are encouraged to make full use of the consequent opportunities for further travel, fostering adaptability and a global outlook to enable them to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world of work. Furthermore, travel abroad provides students with more stimulation and entertainment than they would probably experience at home!
The majority of students study abroad at one of Mary Immaculate College’s partner universities. MIC has a vibrant Erasmus+ KA103 exchange programme which involves collaboration with more than 50 partner universities in Europe. Partner universities under this programme are located in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK. Many of our partner universities in Europe offer courses through English to facilitate students who may not have proficiency in the national language. In addition, many universities provide language and culture programmes that are specially designed for international students. Students who complete the second year elective in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) are eligible to teach English abroad during their off-campus programme. Various teaching opportunities in private and state schools have been developed for these students, notably in France and Spain. Financial support from the European Commission via the Erasmus + programme is currently available to students who study or undertake a traineeship abroad in an EU state. Study abroad opportunities at non-EU partner universities are also very popular (see the International section for more details).
Work placements in Ireland have been secured for students of Gaeilge, Media & Communications and Psychology in particular. Employers in the Gaeilge sector have included Foras na Gaeilge, Raidió na Gaeltachta, TG4 and Conradh na Gaeilge. In the field of media, students have gained invaluable experience in local and national radio stations and newspapers. Psychology host organisations have provided opportunities for research in public health and education areas. Other sectors for placement have included local government, education, arts, culture, heritage and youth work.
Students on work placement bring to their employers the knowledge, skills and understanding they have gained from university studies to date, together with their own personal attributes. They are typically highly motivated, flexible and capable of learning quickly. Students may be assigned to special projects, requiring specific skills or time commitment and/or they may perform regular day-to-day duties, thereby freeing staff for other duties. Placements also provide an opportunity to assess a student as a potential future employee. If you are an employer who is interested in recruiting an off-campus placement student, please contact the Student Placement Officer.
- BA Off-Campus Programme