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Paris Placement Program

Frequently Asked Questions?


Who can apply?

Undergraduate students enrolled in a Business School degree (or combined Business School degree) may apply, with all majors being eligible. A minimum credit average and the equivalent of 2 full load semesters completed by the time the program commences are also required. See below for information on postgraduate eligibility.

I am a postgraduate student - am I eligible to apply?

Postgraduate students enrolled in the following degrees are eligible to apply:

» Master of Commerce
» Master of International Business
» Master of International Business and Law

A minimum credit average and the equivalent of 2 full load semesters completed by the time the program commences are also required.

Are there any prerequisites to apply?

You must have completed 2 full load semesters with a credit average mark of 65 minimum by the time the Industry Placement Program commences. Previous work experience is not compulsory but it is considered favourably.

I am an international student - am I eligible to apply?

International students can apply but should be aware that they may require a visa depending on the student's Country of Citizenship. International students should refer to the Embassy of France for further information before applying for the program.

When do application open and close?

Applications open on 6th March and close on 14th March 2014.

Are only high academic achievers accepted into the program?

No. A sound academic understanding of business reflected by a credit average or higher is only one element of a successful candidate.

To be successful in their application to the program students must also be able to demonstrate proficiency in a range of other attributes including sound business communication skills, critical thinking, teamwork, leadership, commercial awareness, a proactive attitude and a willingness to learn and be involved.

To ensure your application conveys the above information we strongly recommend you utilise the resources and knowledge of the Business School Careers and Employability Office.

Application process

How do I apply?

All applications are accepted online via the Industry Placement Program website. The application link will open on 6th March 2014.

What documents do I need to prepare to apply?

You will need to attach to your online application:

» A copy of your resume
» A statement of motivation
» A copy of your official academic transcript (this must be your official record, a statement of results downloaded from MyUni will not be accepted)
» An image of your passport identification page.

What is an academic reference?

Your academic referee should be a lecturer, tutor etc. who has taught you in the last two years. They should be able to refer to your capacity to meet assignment deadlines, the quality of work submitted, your level of participation in class discussions, how you work with others and on your own, and your motivation and self-discipline.

What is a non-academic reference?

Your non-academic referee should be someone who knows you and your character well (often also called a 'character reference'). It should not be written by a family member. The reference should refer to how long the person has known you and in what capacity. They may wish to refer to your potential, skills, abilities, strengths and accomplishments, but most importantly they should refer to your character, reliability and level of commitment.

When is the deadline for all applications?

The application deadline is by close of business on Friday 14th March 2014. Applicants are strongly urged to submit applications without delay to avoid disappointment. Late submissions will not be accepted.

When will I be notified if my application is successful?

All applicants will be notified if they have been successful in progressing to the assessment centre by 19th March 2014.

Is there a limit to the number of students who will be accepted?

The number of students accepted into the program is determined by how many places are available in conjunction with suitable matches of student specialisations.

About the program

What are the benefits of participating in the Paris Placement Program?

If selected as a participant you will:

» Gain invaluable international experience
» Learn about the intricacies of European business and culture
» Network with business leaders, government officials and students from all over the world
» Receive credit towards your degree
» Complement your studies through a professional placement in a top organisation.

Who organises the program?

The Business School will manage the administration of the program.

Do I get to pick my units of study?

All successful students will enrol in BUSS2502/BUSS6500.

How much credit will I receive towards my degree?

Upon successful completion, students will receive a total of 6 or 12 credit points towards their degree.


How long is the placement?

The placement will occur over a period of six weeks. You will work with your host organisation five days a week, Monday to Friday. The hours will be determined by the host organisation and will be agreed to prior to commencement of the placement.

How is my placement organised?

The Business School will allocate placements according to a student's educational background and interests. However, this is dependent on availability and it is not possible to guarantee that a student's role will be directly related to their particular area of study.

What kind of organisation would I be working for?

Placements are available in public and/or private sector organisations.

What do I do during my placement?

Tasks will be agreed to at the outset of the placement and will vary between organisations.

Will I be assigned tasks or to a department specifically related to my degree?

Not necessarily. However, the placement should be considered as an opportunity to expand your knowledge and learn new skills.

Do I get paid for my placement?

Placements are not paid, however students completing all requirements of the course will receive 6 or 12 credit points towards their degree.

Can I receive academic credit for my placement?

Yes. The placement is a significant component of the compulsory unit of study BUSS2502/BUSS6500 Paris Placement Program, which upon successful completion will be credited towards your degree.

What should I do to prepare for the placement?

Attend the compulsory pre-departure sessions at The Business School. Students should also undertake independent research about French culture, traditions and customs, local weather and conversion rates. Upon being notified of your placement, you should conduct research about the organisation.


Is accommodation provided for the entire duration of the program?

Yes. Student accommodation will be provided in Paris.

Do I have to stay in the accommodation arranged by The Business School?

Yes. All students must stay in the accommodation provided by The University of Sydney Business School. This is a requirement of the course. Students are not permitted to stay with family or friends or to otherwise arrange their own accommodation.

Fees and scholarships

What is the closing date for the payment of fees?

Full fee payment is due by close of business on 30 May 2014.

What do the fees cover?

The program fees cover the costs for all units of study (including the placement component), accommodation and use of facilities. Students are also liable for additional costs including: visa processing and lodgement, return airfares, food and entertainment and any other associated costs.

How do I pay my program fees?

Payments can be made via the University online payment system. Details will be provided closer to the payment due dates.

Can I use FEE-HELP to defer payment of the unit of study fees?

Eligible local students can elect to defer their fees for the BUSS2502/BUSS6500 Paris Placement Program unit only, through the Australian Government's FEE-HELP scheme.

Can I cancel my application?

Yes you can. Please refer to the refund policy in the Program Conditions and Guidelines for further details.

How do I cancel my application?

Applications to withdraw from the Paris Placement Program must be received in writing and lodged with the University of Sydney Business School Careers and Employability Office. Please refer to the refund policy for further details.

Will I get a refund of all of my tuition fees?

Please refer to the refund policy for further details.

Do I need to submit a separate application to be considered for a scholarship?

A separate application is not required. Students should complete the field on the application form relating specifically to scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on merit, personal qualities (as demonstrated in their application) and financial need.

Will any full scholarships be offered?

Only partial scholarships will be offered. Before applying to the program, students should ensure that they have the financial means to support themselves for the duration of the program.

When will I be notified if I was successful in acquiring a scholarship?

Successful applicants will be notified as soon as the scholarships package is finalised.