Information for students

Are you looking for work? Do you know how you can ensure placements provide access to the job market? Do you know which professional profiles are the most in-demand? Do you know how to use social networks to find work? 

The Careers Guidance and Placement Department (DOIP) has the answer to all these questions. If you are a student and want to find out how you can do external placements:

EXTERNAL PLACEMENTS: 

External placements at businesses are an educational activity enabling you to apply the knowledge you have acquired at the university professionally. You can broaden this knowledge practically and acquire enough experience in order to find your first job. Moreover, placements help you acquire skills that better prepare you for professional duties, helping your employability and developing your innovative ability. In this way, given their educational nature, placements do not give rise to the obligations inherent to an employment relationship nor can their content lead to substituting the employment service inherent to the workplace.

Benefits for students:

  • Obtain practical experience that helps when you join the job market and improves your future employability.
  • Navigate your working, professional life.
  • Contribute to your comprehensive learning by combining theory and practice.
  • Help gain knowledge of the right working methodology for real-life work where students have to participate, contrasting and applying their acquired knowledge and skills.
  • Boost the development of technical, methodological, personal and participatory skills.
  • Favour the values of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
  • In some instances, allow students to receive financial support through scholarships or for external placements to have academic accreditation.
  • Improve your CV.

Types:

There are two types of external placements.

  • Curricular Placements: these are learning activities students undertake on the External Placements subject, Practicum or similar, which are part of the degree curriculum, whether as an obligatory or elective subject, and which form part of the students' degree syllabus. The faculties provide all necessary information regarding student applications to join the placement programme on their websites.
  • Extracurricular Placements: these learning activities are undertaken voluntarily by students and, although they have the same aim as the curricular placements, are not included on the degree curriculum. The DOIP will provide all necessary information regarding student applications to join the placement programme on its website.

Features:

- Financial payment for students

Curricular Placements: no mandatory financial compensation is planned.
Extracurricular Placements: the company/institution shall pay the selected student a set monthly stipend for each placement as a scholarship or study grant. The minimum amounts are those set by the DOIP and published on its website. They depend on the number of placement hours undertaken by students each day.
Where students receive financial support as a scholarship or study grant, a 2% tax deduction must be made on them deducted from the gross amount. Additionally, the institution paying this grant to students must register the student in the General Social Security System and pay the corresponding contributions for the placement period, in accordance with current legislation.

- Accreditation

Curricular Placements: external curricular placements are recognised with credits and equivalency for the attended hours at the company/institution as set out in the external placement subject course guide for the degree curriculum they are part of.
Extracurricular Placements: these placements may qualify for accreditation by the Credit Recognition and Transfer Committees on each degree, in accordance with what is set out in article 1.4.b) in the UIB placement regulations and in accordance with what is set out in the corresponding degree curricula in the regulatory procedure established by the university. Before starting the placement, approval from the academic tutor as set out in the placement guide is essential.

- Insurance for students on external placements

Students are covered for accidents, illness or family misfortune by the student insurance policy as per the terms and conditions set out in current legislation. Students over the age of 28 shall be covered by the UIB health insurance policy. Third-party liability incurred by any UIB student on a placement is covered by the UIB insurance policy taken out for this purpose. Notwithstanding the above, for placements in the USA, Canada, Mexico or countries that adhere to their laws and/or which involve high-risk activities, a specific insurance policy must be taken out.
In turn, only where placements include financial payments for students must the company/institution apply for Social Security registration under the intern contribution code for students undertaking placements and to whom Royal Decree 1493/2011 applies.
Finally, what is set out in additional provision twenty-five of Royal Decree Act 8/2014, of 4th July, on approval of emergency measures for growth, competitiveness and efficiency should be taken into account, whereby there is an allowance of one hundred percent of Social Security contributions for external curricular placements for university and vocational training students.

- Recruitment

Curricular Placements: selection is performed by the bodies designated for this purpose as per the regulations at the corresponding faculties/schools/Centre for Postgraduate Studies requested by the company/institution. Each centre may recruit students based on internal criteria, such as the number of approved credits, average mark, requirements and suitability regarding the offer and an interview with the company.
Extracurricular Placements: the DOIP shall, upon request from the company/institution, preselect candidates based on the required profile and the company/institution shall make the final selection based on its own criteria.

- Placement performance period

Curricular Placements: these shall be undertaken at the time set out in the course guides for each degree, as long as students are enrolled on the subject.
Extracurricular Placements: these shall be undertaken during the academic year, as per the dates set out in the academic calendar published in the corresponding Official Gazette of the University of the Balearic Islands as long as students have passed 50 percent of their academic credits for undergraduate and two-year postgraduate degrees. Placements many begin at any time during the academic year for 12-month postgraduate courses. 

- Duration

Both curricular and extracurricular external placements should not compromise students' academic performance. For this reason, conditions are established with regard to duration.

Curricular Placements: these shall last for the time set out in the course guide for the external placement subject on the students' degree curriculum.

Extracurricular Placements: in principle, these may not exceed 650 hours per academic year and a minimum of 80 hours should be undertaken. Where placements run for under 650 hours, the company/institution may request renewal of the agreement in writing until the maximum duration allowed is attained. A single student may undertake a placement for a maximum of three academic years and with a maximum of 1,300 placement hours in total.

In exceptional circumstances, and as per what is set out in FOU 405, Regulatory Agreement 11124 of 19th September 2014, the number of hours may be increased in line with the instructions established in this FOU.

- Student Requirements

In all instances, the duties undertaken by students must provide practical knowledge for their academic training. Therefore, they must be directly linked to the course students are taking.

Curricular Placements:

  • The requirements set out in the curriculum.
  • Students must be enrolled on the undergraduate or postgraduate external placement subjects for the course they are taking.
  • The prerequisites for these subjects must be fulfilled.

Extracurricular Placements:

  • Students must be enrolled on the UIB degree course for which the placement is available.
  • Students must have passed 50 percent of the required credits to obtain the degree title they are taking. Except for 12-month postgraduate degrees, students may undertake a placement from the time they are effectively enrolled on the course.
  • Having a Social Security number.
  • Being registered at the DOIP.