You’ve just graduated from college. Your degree is still warm in your hand and you’re ready to join the working world, specifically the games industry. Suddenly, you hit a roadblock. You realize all these jobs you want require a few years of experience – experience you don’t have yet. But how do you get the experience if no one will hire you based on your lack of experience? This catch-22 is part of the reasoning behind Ubisoft’s new Graduate Program.

Get A Head Start With the Ubisoft Graduate Program

Come September this year, 25 graduates from around the world will be given the chance to join the program and explore two career paths: Programming and Project Management. Over the course of two years, graduates will be integrated into multiple teams and gain the experience needed to continue in the industry. “We are looking for strong team players who are results-oriented and have excellent problem-solving skills,” says Clémence Bataille, the Project Manager for the Ubisoft Graduate Program. “They must be open to working in different locations worldwide, in English, and within multicultural teams. Of course, we expect applicants to have a genuine interest in videogames!”

What, exactly, does this program entail? We’ve got a full overview along with information specific to both possible paths. Take a look, and if you have any further questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments below and we’ll do our best to provide an answer.

General Details

Location, Location, Location

For the first year of the program, you will be placed in a studio located in your home country. Unfortunately, if you are not from one of the countries that are involved in the Graduate Program you will not be able to apply.

Get A Head Start With the Ubisoft Graduate Program

Studios currently involved in the program:

    Paris (France)
    Annecy (France)
    Montpellier (France)
    Blue Byte (Dusseldorf, Germany)
    Redlynx (Helsinki, Finland)
    Massive (Malmo, Sweden)
    Bucharest (Romania)
    Reflections (Newcastle, UK)
    Montreal (Canada)
    Quebec (Canada)
    Toronto (Canada)
    RedStorm (North Carolina, USA)

While Ubisoft hopes to expand the program to other studios in the future, these are the studios involved in this year’s program. Once the first year is completed, students will transfer to a new studio in another country. Where the graduates transfer to will depend on the needs of the project as well as the graduate’s performance, according to Bataille. All participants will need to be prepared to work in different locations on different projects.

Get A Head Start With the Ubisoft Graduate Program

Application Process

Applications are open now and can be found on the program’s official website. The application deadline is March 15. Once you have applied, the selection process will involve local interviews, technical tests and assessment, and interviews with teams at Ubisoft’s headquarters. All graduates will be selected by April 30.

Compensation

Yep, you’ll get paid! “As employees to the firm, you will be paid a salary,” Bataille says. “Salary will be adapted to each local market, competitive offer. For the year abroad we shall fund the relocation cost and housing.”

Program Goal

“The Ubisoft Graduate program is a two-year custom-made experience designed to accelerate access to a career in videogames. We give our graduates responsibilities within specific projects that we know will help them learn faster,” Bataille tells us. “Our goal is that graduates accumulate four years of experience in the space of two years. At the end of the program, they will be armed with considerable knowledge of the videogames sector and the company, and will be able to take on the challenges of new and exciting responsibilities within Ubisoft.”

What’s the Program Actually About?

Each graduate will be immersed in a full-time job at one of our studios where he or she will complete missions that have been specifically tailored to suit each individual. This ensures the best learning environment while creating an efficient workflow. There will be some extra training offered by both the studios and HQ.

As for what you’ll be working on… well, it’ll be a bit of everything! Each course will provide different opportunities to learn about the industry and make your mark on the future of games. The project you work on will depend on the studio you are placed in, and Bataille tells us that you will undergo as many challenges as possible during those two years to make sure you get the most out of the program. Check out the career paths below to see what duties you might take on.

Project Manager/Producer

What Will You Be Doing?

You might be surprised by how few people actually know what a Project Manager or a Producer do in their day-to-day. These are the team leaders. It will be your job to step into a management role and supervise various projects. It comes down to the Producer to keep communication flowing between departments so everyone is on the same page. You will need to show the business and consumer know-how to succeed, as well as an ability to manage a project’s resources and schedule. Your duties might include (but are certainly not limited to):

    Participate in the monitoring of project deliverables and risks to ensure the respect of deadlines, budget and quality
    Participate in the implementation and the follow-up of the decision-making process
    Provide relevant reporting to the game development team
    Contribute to a smooth and efficient communication between all project stakeholders
    Deliver ad-hoc analysis (benchmark, post-mortem) and handle ad-hoc assignments such as consumer playtests

 
Requirements

Master’s degree in business administration, economics, project management, engineering, or equivalent with less than one year of experience (excluding internships)

Expected Qualities in a Candidate

    Leadership abilities
    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    Agile, proactive and consumer-oriented
    Analytical and problem-solving skills
    Team player
    Fluent in English
    Geographically mobile
    Interest in videogames and/or entertainment industry

Programmer

What Will You Be Doing?

Where some may see the job of a Producer as something shrouded in mystery, most people have a good idea of what a Programmer does. These are the guys and gals who make and maintain the games while perfecting the player experience. It’s their job to make sure that at the end of the day the players are going to have a good time with their title. On the Programming career path, your jobs will include:

    Participate in the creation of new online services related to a game
    Develop, integrate and maintain global online platform services such as Matchmaking, Leaderboards, etc.
    Participate in determining systems’ behavior under normal or simulated peak load conditions to optimize performance
    Make optimization in function of bandwidth constraints: reducing the amount of information transmitted, decrease latency, etc.
    Identify and solve down issues
    Implement and use predetermined replication systems

 
Requirements

    Master’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent with less than 1 year of experience (excluding internships)
    Good understanding of Software Development principles: analysis, implementation, optimization, debugging
    Excellent C++ programming skills
    Knowledge of server programming and database programming (MySQL, Redis)
    Understanding of scalability issues and replication concepts
    Understanding of other programming languages such as Python or Java is a plus
    Knowledge of distributed systems and online services (i.e. guilds, trade etc) is a plus

Expected Qualities in a Candidate

    Proactive with strong problem-solving skills
    Good level of English
    Ability to work as part of a cross-disciplinary team
    Interest in videogames and online gaming

For more details on the Graduate Program, check out the brochure:

Ubisoft Graduate Program Brochure (takes a minute to load, so please be patient)

To apply for the Producer/Project Manager path, go here:

Producer/Project Manager Path

To apply for the Programmer path, go here:

Programmer Path

the author

Anne Lewis began her career as an editor at PlayStation: The Official Magazine, where she worked under Gary Steinman. She can now be found skulking around the UbiBlog, once more working for Gary. Alas. When Anne isn’t writing about games, she's alphabetizing her comic book collection or shooting at stuff with a bow. Follow her on Twitter: @BDRAnneLewis

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  1. Alex on February 4, 2014
    Hi thanks for letting my dream be out there for me i should be there in a year! :D
  2. Sarah on February 4, 2014
    This sounds like such an incredible program! How set is the requirement for a Master's degree (as opposed to a Bachelor's)?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      We expect our graduates to hold a master's degree, but given the geographical differences in diplomas’ recognition, bachelor's degrees can be considered as well for applications in specific studios.
      • Sahibzada on February 14, 2014
        Communication Associate I want to ask if a person goes to Canada for another program, Can he apply for this program? If not i request u a big request please start a program for international students.
  3. Kevin R Diaz on February 4, 2014
    I graduated with associate degree on accounting is there any way possible I can join the field with you?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      For the Project Management role we will mainly focus on key soft skills that make a top producer (leadership, entrepreneur mindset, communication skills) so even if your degree in accounting is not on the top of the list in terms of degree requirements, you can try your luck!
  4. Tristan on February 4, 2014
    Is there something like that for the concept artist or modeler or anything else?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      This year is a pilot year. We’ll see how it goes and we’ll decide then if we extend this program to other disciplines.
  5. Rahul on February 4, 2014
    Same question as Sarah, since I've been getting mixed messages about the degree requirement -- the online brochure for the program says you need a Bachelor's OR a Master's degree, but this blog post and the application page say you need a Master's... clarification would be most appreciated!
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      We expect our graduates to hold a master's degree, but given the geographical differences in diplomas’ recognition, bachelor's degrees can be considered as well for applications in specific studios.
      • Rahul on February 5, 2014
        Hm, okay. So just to clarify: I live in the United States and have a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics from UChicago -- will my application be considered if I apply for the Producer / Project Manager path?Thanks for the swift response, btw!
        • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 6, 2014
          Absolutely! All applications will be considered.
  6. Dev on February 4, 2014
    I have a bachelors in arts and am self learning programming how can I get through?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      We always recommend giving it a shot if it's something you're interested in! Just drop in an application. Who knows what might happen?
  7. Jack on February 4, 2014
    Will this be an reoccurring thing? I graduate at the end of this year and would love to apply in the next round.
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      Yes, it is planned to be a recurring thing.
  8. Josh on February 5, 2014
    Really hoping the master's degree is flexible. I've got a bachelor's degree in digital entertainment and game design. I'm more animation oriented, but I'd be willing to learn/do anything!
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      We expect our graduates to hold a master's degree, but given the geographical differences in diplomas’ recognition, bachelor's degrees can be considered as well for applications in specific studios.
  9. ceekay on February 5, 2014
    Well, i'm a graphic designer who studied journalism, with the master's degree in management of a media institution... I would love to work at Ubisoft. But I don't quite see anything that fits my description. :(
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      It doesn't hurt to give it a shot anyway! You might try for the Project Manager path.
  10. Tim on February 5, 2014
    I focused on 3D art while getting my Bachelor's in Game Production. I also program small Unity mobile games (UnityScript / C#). I don't think anything here fits me. Will there eventually be a path for people passionate about modeling?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      This year is a pilot year. We’ll see how it goes and we’ll decide then if we extend this program to include other disciplines.
  11. Karthik on February 5, 2014
    I have known this for a while but i have been deciding to be a Producer or a Game Designer. How ever i would like to know what will be the Fee Structure. So that i can Get into it i am an International Student and will it be the same with the Canadian Students ???Please Reply me i will be most happy to join Project Manager/Producer Program.....
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      Our graduate are considered as employees as they have a full time job. Our studios in Canada are not participating in the Project Management track.
      • Justin on February 8, 2014
        Hi Anne, so the Canadian studios will only be doing the programming track? I live in Montreal and already applied for the project management position after being told on Twitter that it would be ok to apply from Canada. It also says above in the blog that the 3 main eastern Canadian studios are participating. Can you please clarify? I'd love nothing more than to be part of this program as a junior project manager.
  12. djihad on February 5, 2014
    hey ... I'm an architect .and i just end my 5's college years .i'm wondering if can i have a place in this great pro gramme, well i do good with 3d and 2d design in "AchiCad , AutoCad , Artlantis" and not bad in 3ds-max .... waiting answer !! .bye bye
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      If you are keen to develop your skills in online programming, apply now!
  13. milad on February 5, 2014
    its great. there is no program in my home country but i'm really interested. can i move on or migrate to one of those country to take participate ?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      If you have to move to another country you may miss the cutoff date for this year. We do plan on this being a recurring program and hopefully we will include more countries in the future.
  14. Dovydas on February 5, 2014
    Wow!!! Never thought of this great idea, but when i read all this i was disapointed not to see anything related to multimedia, graphic design which i'm really into and i hope, when i finish university i could find my way into your company as graphical designer, cause working in Ubisoft was my dream since i was 10 years old :)
  15. Dima on February 5, 2014
    What about russian students\graduates ? Can they take an opportunity ?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      We don't currently have any Russian studios.
      • Anthony on March 20, 2014
        I am currently i India. And I'm a Bachelor in Computer Application. Does this program apply in India since India has a Studio in Pune....
        • Anthony on March 20, 2014
          Anyways, I already applied for this program on 1st of Jan, 2014. I would like to know if they would consider my application....thanks
  16. Ricky Arkan on February 5, 2014
    Hi! Im a senior highschooler with deep interest in gaming. Im looking for some inputs on the major that i will choose. In your opinion, will i have a better chance of getting a job in gaming with a degree of Computer Science or Gaming Application and Technology? I will reaally appretiate your say on this since its been bugging me for a while
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      Hi Ricky! The Programming career path mentions "Computer Science or equivalent" so I would think either Computer Science or Gaming Application and Technology would be suitable degrees, though it may come down to the specifics laid out by the studio in your region. Hope that helps!
  17. Brian on February 5, 2014
    With a Bachelors in Economics and Computer Science, I was excited to see this show up in my feed. Imagine my disappointment after reading that both programs require a Masters degree! Extremely misleading first paragraph. It implies that this would be for recent graduates from college (i.e. with bachelor degrees), when in reality it comes across as a graduate program for people that ALREADY finished a graduate program.Still keeping an eye on this though in case this is clarified. I would absolutely love to work as a Project Manager/Producer.
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      We expect our graduates to hold a master's degree, but given the geographical differences in diplomas’ recognition, bachelor's degrees can be considered as well for applications in specific studios.
  18. Harry Izevbigie on February 5, 2014
    I have was wondering if candidates will be needed for Human Resources/ International Studies. I have been waiting on an opportunity like this for a long time, Please Ubisoft, can someone inform me on what steps to take. Thank you.
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      This year is a pilot year. We’ll see how it goes and we’ll decide then if we extend this program to include other disciplines.
      • John on March 31, 2014
        If it does expand to other disciplines will the number of accepted applicants go up or stay at 25?
  19. Derek on February 5, 2014
    I was wondering what the stance is on college applicants from Canada. Although I am not in a university program I am in a college program for video game development. The program allows people to specialize in their desired field within video game development. Would college applicants be considered without a University degree if they do indeed fit the skill set and knowledge requirements? Example: In the years of being in college I have been specializing in project management/ scrum management; making contracts, budgets, milestones and sprint deadlines, etc Working as a producer for my small team for about a year and a half and about to graduate.
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      I would definitely recommend applying for the Producer/Project Management path. There's no harm in throwing your name in.
      • Derek on February 5, 2014
        I will, thank you for your feedback it was much appreciated!
        • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 10, 2014
          Hi Derek, I'm so sorry. I recommended you apply for the Project Management path but I did not see that you were in Canada. Unfortunately, none of the Canadian studios offer that path.
  20. Joerg on February 5, 2014
    Got a question about the PM path: Most MBA's require a few years of experience before you can tackle them but this programme also requires "less than one year of experience". Does the less than one year mean after getting the masters degree or is everything between doing the bachelors degree and the MBA counted as well?Cheers, Joerg
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      Yes, less than one year after receiving your master's degree, not counting internships.
  21. Cara Auton on February 5, 2014
    I am graduating in the spring with a degree in digital media. If I am not yet graduated can I still appy for the graduate program?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 6, 2014
      You just have to be graduated by the day you start working with Ubisoft.
  22. Ivy on February 5, 2014
    Hi, i'm still a high school student but my dream is to work at Ubisoft as an animation artist one day. so i'm wondering will there be any animation programs in the future?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      This is just the pilot year. There are plans to continue the program in the future and include more studios and disciplines.
      • Ivy on February 5, 2014
        Thank you so much it really means the world to me that you replied to me.
        • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
          Glad I could help! Definitely keep an eye for the program in a few years when you finish school as it may adapt to suit your chosen path.
  23. Roberto on February 5, 2014
    Living border with US in México will be eligible to participate? (I know is not a Studio in México but a Bussines Office is =) )
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      Unfortunately, the office in Mexico is not part of the program this year.
  24. Lukmana Afif on February 5, 2014
    Hii.. I'll graduated from my college (Computer Engineering) at April 2014. Sincerely, i love video games since i'm just a little boy and someday i really want to create a video game. In my thesis i created FPS game with unreal engine and need 7 months to learn (from zero) and finish the game. After all that happened, i realized that game developer's best friend is a cup of coffee. But, My home country is Indonesia. where there is no Ubisoft Studio here. :(
  25. kay on February 5, 2014
    Why cant we only apply if we life where the studio is located? A part of being flexible also means to go where the work is :) i know its hard to do interviews if i would like to go to canada. In vienna u guys have a business studio, maybe we can get it done here and u forward it to canada? Please dont let it die its sooooo freaking cool!! :D and gosh i will so go for it next time due to my bachelor. How do i get an reply to this :/?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 5, 2014
      For the program pilot, we are keeping all graduates in their home country for the first year. We will see how the program does and expand in the future. Because of the different paperwork required for each country, it makes sense to keep the application process local. But definitely keep an eye on the program in the future!
      • Lukmana Afif on February 5, 2014
        Will do, for sure :) I hope next program will allowing people to participate, regardless where his/her home country is.
  26. Joshua Fulmer on February 5, 2014
    I graduated in June 2012, and don't expect to be able to apply this year. Will next year be too late to apply as I have been out of school for 2+ years?
  27. Red on February 5, 2014
    What if I graduated a while back and I have leadership skill and project management skills developed already just not in this industry?
  28. Atul on February 5, 2014
    If I could, I'd move just for the op :) Any chance this might happen with your Sydney branch?
  29. gabriel on February 5, 2014
    I dont have any masters degree but have a few years as a designer experience. Will I be able to take part?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 6, 2014
      We expect our graduates to hold a master's degree, but given the geographical differences in diplomas’ recognition, bachelor's degrees can be considered as well for applications in specific studios. That said, one of the requirements is that you have less than one year of experience, not counting internships. This program is meant to benefit those who can't get hired anywhere fresh out of college due to their lack of experience.
  30. Mike Kolb on February 5, 2014
    Hmm, I'm very much interested in this program as it's the catch 22 that I'm stuck in at the moment. I graduated with a B.S. in Game Art & Design but after not being able to attain a video game industry position settled for QA software work for a while. I''m aware about the management and the programming side of things but any chance a QA/Game Tester program is in the works? PS, came here after the VA #50 podcast.
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 6, 2014
      Welcome! This is just the pilot year. There are plans to continue the Graduate Program in the future and include more studios and disciplines. However, if you live near a studio, you can always keep your eye on that studio's website to see if they might be hiring for a tester.
  31. laleeth on February 5, 2014
    basically im a ece student still in 4th year ! ireally love to join ubisoft but i dnt have the above qualities posted ! but im a excellent gamer !!
  32. shubham on February 5, 2014
    ah,Hi i am 2nd year deploma student in civil engg but i like games i am not graduate so is there job for me ?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 6, 2014
      You must be graduated by the time you start working at Ubisoft.
  33. David on February 5, 2014
    I have just graduated in dicember, but I'm from Mexico, can I apply for the program?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 6, 2014
      Unfortunately, the office in Mexico is not part of the program this year.
  34. Mayur Patidar on February 5, 2014
    Hi,I am from India. Can you please tell me when will be the above program starting in India and do you have specified a age limit for the post of Project Manager ?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 6, 2014
      This is just the pilot year. There are plans to continue the program in the future and include more studios and disciplines. The program is meant for people who have recently received their degree and are unable to find work in the industry due to their lack of experience.
  35. Sayantan Acharya on February 6, 2014
    I am already doing masters in technology in IT, I'm very good in research oriented work going to publish some journals as well but in coding perspective I'm not that good..But gaming is passion for me. So is there any post I'll fit in..Please help
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 6, 2014
      You should definitely apply if you feel you're up to it, however, coding is a pretty big requirement for the Programming path.
  36. Dmitry on February 6, 2014
    Hello! Great program, actually, and a good way for a dream. However, I don't meet all the requirements and wanted to ask - is there (or going to be) a fee-based program, similar to this one? Especially for international students. It would be wonderful to study within Ubisoft - one of the most well-known game developers and publishers with a great chance for future job in GameDev. Thanks in advance!
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 6, 2014
      This is just the pilot year. There are plans to continue the program in the future and include more studios and disciplines. You also still have time to continue your training for the next program cycle.
      • Dmitry on February 12, 2014
        Many thanks for the answer.
  37. Stanislav Costiuc on February 6, 2014
    Hi, I have a question.If I live in Moldova, right next to Romania, can I try applying for this program in Bucharest? (I'm in the process of getting a Romanian citizenship, plus it's not hard or time-consuming to get entrance in Romania for Moldovans)Thanks for your time!Best regards, Stanislav.
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 6, 2014
      Unfortunately, you must be a citizen of the country you are applying in by the time the program starts.
  38. Josh on February 6, 2014
    Your Canadian production studio is in the middle of nowhere. Hundreds of kilometers from Montreal or Quecbec City. Map is wrong..... You're fired
    • caluuu on February 7, 2014
      Josh are you admin in HURRICANE CRAFT ??
  39. Jordan on February 6, 2014
    Hey I know there's no Ubi presence in New Zealand, but it would be nice if we were at least on the map. Anyway, I love the idea of this program, hopefully it becomes more common in this field.
  40. Sam on February 6, 2014
    It sucks that Sydney only has a business office, not a production office. Because I would love to start learning motion capture to someday be a member for a Ubisoft studio, but the place i would love to work is Quebec or Montreal, but it would be quite efficient for me if there was a production studio in Sydney, or somewhere in Australia.
  41. BlackEssence on February 6, 2014
    This would something I would LOVE to get into! But, alas, I have an associates degree in Graphic Design! lol! Of course, I do have the ability to speak and work in groups and promote things really, really, well. We met/hung out last year at E3 and you all know this first hand! lol! But, darn! It would be a GREAT opportunity to work with you guys!
  42. Atishey on February 6, 2014
    I am an Indian. Would it be possible for me, in future to join the program in future like in 4-5 years???? I want to go in the programming field
  43. Sankalp on February 6, 2014
    is there any undergraduate program?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 6, 2014
      Not at this time. You must be graduated by the time you start working at Ubisoft.
  44. Francis Paquet on February 6, 2014
    Hello :) that's a wonderful program but do you know if you have one for modeler , concept artist ???
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 6, 2014
      This is just the pilot year. There are plans to continue the program in the future and include more studios and disciplines.
  45. MAx on February 6, 2014
    This looks like a great experience- do you anticipate offering it in following years, or is this a one-time event?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 6, 2014
      This is just the pilot year. There are plans to continue the program in the future and include more studios and disciplines.
  46. Bill Mangan on February 6, 2014
    I'm just skimming through this, but is there a similar program for 3D Modeler/Animators?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 6, 2014
      Not currently. This is just the pilot year. There are plans to continue the program in the future and include more studios and disciplines.
  47. Lin on February 6, 2014
    Hi! I would like to clarify few things before applying for this program which sounds very interesting! I am graduated in Publishing and International Business (in 2012) and I have 2 months of experience in translation of videogames/animes and 6 month of experience in multimedia project management in Japan. Can I apply for this program or not?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 6, 2014
      Absolutely! Go for it.
      • Lin on February 6, 2014
        Thank you very much for your reply!
  48. Abhit Karnik on February 6, 2014
    Hi there, I am an Indian student currently pursuing Masters in games design at a UK University and would graduate in September 2014. Although my home country is in the total studio list, its not in this year's graduate program list. In spite of that, would I be able to apply for this program, what are my immediate alternatives ???
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 6, 2014
      For the program pilot, we are keeping all graduates in their home country for the first year. We will see how the program does and expand in the future. Because of the different paperwork required for each country, it makes sense to keep the application process local. But definitely keep an eye on the program in the future!
  49. Mina Adel Fahmy on February 6, 2014
    According to this post : "For the first year of the program, you will be placed in a studio located in your home country. Unfortunately, if you are not from one of the countries that are involved in the Graduate Program you will not be able to apply." Now, by nationality, I am an Egyptian, but I am currently living in Germany and pursuing my Masters degree in Informatik (Computer Science) there. Does that mean that after I graduate from the program, I wouldn't be able to apply ?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 7, 2014
      Unless you are also a German citizen, this does mean (at least for the pilot year) you will not be able to apply.
      • Mina Adel Fahmy on February 7, 2014
        Thank you for your time :)
  50. Roberto Saavedra on February 7, 2014
    Hello Anne,My name is Roberto, I am a 3D modeler, and currently am finishing off my Computer Animation Bachelors Degree (last semester). I have participated in several Game Jams at school, where I was the modeler/producer of a team for small scale games (made in 48 hours each). I have a multicultural heritage background, and have lived in a few countries. This opportunity seems dream-like. I wanted to ask you 3 questions: if Ubisoft is going to offer this chance again next year?, if Ubisoft will be adding the modeling discipline to the options?, and lastly, if one can choose the country of the studio for the second year of training abroad? Best Regards!!! :D :D
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 7, 2014
      Hi Roberto! This is just the pilot year. There are plans to continue the program in the future and include more studios and disciplines. The studio you are sent to in your second year will be decided based on the needs of the different studios and how you might fit into another team. It will also depend on your performance at the first studio.
      • Roberto Saavedra on February 8, 2014
        Anne, thanks for your reply, it all sounds great. You will most definitely hear from me in the future, Best Regards!!!!!!!!!
  51. Nikhil on February 7, 2014
    I have completed MBA.If u ask what your dream is..i would tell working at ubisoft is always my dream., hopefully i am much interested at gaming industry to prove my creative skills and abilities that blow away gamer's mind.
  52. dorababu on February 7, 2014
    what is the fees structure
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 7, 2014
      I'm not entirely sure what you're asking. Are you asking if you'll have to pay anything or how much you'll be paid?
      • dorababu on February 22, 2014
        how much money i have to pay for this graduate programme?
        • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 22, 2014
          You don't have to pay anything.
  53. dorababu on February 7, 2014
    wat's da fees
  54. Andres Rodriguez on February 7, 2014
    Hey Anne, I do not have a degree in business but have been studying interactive audio and musical composition for video games my entire undergraduate/graduate career. Now that I am finishing my master's degree, I am particularly interested in learning more about the responsibilities that would revolve around being an Audio Lead or producer in the video game studio environment. Are you specifically looking for business and economics students for the Project Manager/Producer program, or would oddballs like me that are looking to learn more about the business end of things be considered valid candidates as well?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 7, 2014
      Unfortunately those are the degree requirements they are mainly focusing on, but if you are going to be graduating before the program starts I recommend applying anyway. It doesn't hurt to put your name and qualifications in the pool.
      • Andres Rodriguez on February 7, 2014
        Thanks, Anne!
  55. Vector on February 8, 2014
    If the graduate has a preference for a particular location abroad, is that going to be taken into account?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 8, 2014
      The studio you are sent to in your second year will be decided based on the needs of the different studios and how you might fit into another team. It will also depend on your performance at the first studio.
  56. Sebastian on February 8, 2014
    Hey! I am living in Germany and I would like to apply for the producer path. Since the information on that one says that there is no home studio available in Germany, would it be okay if I applied for Malmö? It's not far away and if I get the job, I can move there immediately. (I actually lived there before, too)
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 8, 2014
      You must be a citizen of the location you apply to.
      • Sebastian on February 8, 2014
        Too bad. Thank you for the information :)
  57. John on February 8, 2014
    Wow. This program looks amazing. Great way for someone to get in the industry. I hope it will still be around after I graduate.
  58. Brian on February 8, 2014
    This sounds incredible, but later on down the road would there be something viable for someone who went to school for graphic design?
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 10, 2014
      This is just the pilot year. There are plans to continue the program in the future and include more studios and disciplines.
  59. JustinB on February 8, 2014
    Hi Anne, Could you please clarify if the Canadian studios are taking part for the project management portion? In the blog post it shows the three studios but then you mention in a reply that they're not participating, and further on in another reply you encourage a Canadian poster to apply no matter what. Could you please tell me which it is? I already applied since I'm graduating with a BComm in the summer and would love nothing more than to work as a junior project manager at Ubisoft. Please let me know :) Thanks!
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 10, 2014
      There was some miscommunication and I apologize for that. The Canadian studios will not be part of the Project Management path.
      • JustinB on February 10, 2014
        Out of curiosity then, would it be possible for them to be part of it at some point leading up to the application selection? Would you know of any other ways for someone to start in the industry in a producer/project management role?Thanks
        • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 10, 2014
          I'm not sure what you mean with the first question. The paths offered at each studio depend heavily on the needs of the studio. While they are not part of the Project Management path in the pilot year, that may change in the future. However, for this cycle, it's just the Programming path.
  60. Baher on February 9, 2014
    Must the second year really be spent in a different country? I've recently received my Bachelor's in Computer Science and I'm very keen on working with various Canadian Ubisoft studios. Also, must I be a Canadian citizen to apply or is residency status sufficient? Thanks!
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 10, 2014
      All students must be prepared to spend the second year abroad. I'm requesting an official response as to whether or not residency status will be sufficient as I don't know the correct answer. I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
      • Baher on February 25, 2014
        Hi Anne, thanks for your reply. Any update to this Canadian residency issue?
  61. Mark-Anthony Smith on February 10, 2014
    This sounds like a great opportunity for those of us without much experience.. I just submitted an application but I'm wondering if MPAs will be considered for the PM program as well. Regardless, thank you for creating this program as I think it will benefit a lot of people out there, as well as Ubisoft!
  62. Claudio on February 10, 2014
    I have a design degree and years of experience as a game designer and producer on many titles for PC, consoles, facebook, handheld and mobile - my portfolio - www.claudiohplins.com. But I don't have a bachelor on business or engineer. Can I apply for the producing program?Thank you.
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 10, 2014
      Unfortunately the program is for people with less than a year of experience.
      • Claudio on February 10, 2014
        Thanks
  63. Andrew on February 10, 2014
    Hi Anne, I'm a little confused on the "country requirements." On here and the site, it sounds like anyone in the United States could apply, but then when I checked the individual tracks, only the Programming track shows US, while the PM/Producer track only lists Europe. I do have a programming background, but I'm actually much more interesting in the PM/Producer side of things and feel I'm more suited to that as well.So even though I'm in the US, can I still apply for the PM/Producer track?Thanks!
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 10, 2014
      Some studios only have one path available.
  64. Simon on February 11, 2014
    Hi Anne,Please could you just confirm whether an MSc in Video Game Production (UK) would be eligible for this program (Project Manager/Producer path) and also does the 1 year maximum on professional experience only apply to games industry experience or any discipline at all?Many thanks.
  65. Steph on February 13, 2014
    So jealous. I'd be prepared to go abroad at the drop of an email in my inbox. Wish there was an art track. I got an art degree right out of high school was convinced I'd never be able to do anything with it and ended up switching careers and I still wish I'd been involved in the industry. But now I feel like I'm getting old and will never get the experience. This program sounds great Ubisoft. Give us more.
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 17, 2014
      This is just the pilot year. There are plans to continue the program in the future and include more studios and disciplines.
  66. alysson on February 13, 2014
    hi, I am Brazilian, and was wondering if I as a foreigner and formed in my country have a chance to work on ubisoft there in the U.S.?
  67. Chris on February 13, 2014
    Are there artist positions for this? All I see are manager/producer and programmer.
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 17, 2014
      This is just the pilot year. There are plans to continue the program in the future and include more studios and disciplines.
  68. Lin on February 16, 2014
    Hi! Maybe it is a stupid question but If I apply for this program in France, the CV and cover letter have to be written in French, in English or both? Thank you in advance!
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 17, 2014
      Write it in the language you are most comfortable with.
  69. Daniel on February 16, 2014
    hey, I am definately going to apply, What kind of assessments will one face in the interview process when going for the PM path?
  70. Kim on February 17, 2014
    Hi Anne,So do I understand correctly that an American MBA student would not be able to apply to the production-program management track? I thought RedStorm was participating, but it seems that may not be the case?Thank you for your time and help in this matter.
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 17, 2014
      Hi Kim, unfortunately the studio in the US is not participating in the Project Management path during the pilot year.
  71. Luis Zambrano on February 17, 2014
    Hi, I applied for the program and entered all my information the best I could (Added a link to my LinkedIn profile and all). I also added a reference to my website where I am now reviewing games and game studios. But I want to know what else is there to be done to increase my chances?Thanks!Luis Zambrano
    • Luis Zambrano on February 17, 2014
      I noticed that the US studio is not participating in the project management (after reading the comment above). But if I am willing to relocate from the first year would that work? I could simply head to Canada or anywhere really :) I really want to do this.
      • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 20, 2014
        Correct. The US is not participating in the Project Management path this year. You must be a resident of the country you are applying in.
  72. Alex on February 20, 2014
    Hi Anne, could you clarify what "if you are not from one of the countries that are involved in the Graduate Program you will not be able to apply" means? I am French and currently working as a QA lead in the US, does that mean my application will be considered for the French locations? Thanks!
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 20, 2014
      If you are currently a resident of the United States, you could probably try applying for the US studio. You may have better chances if you are a citizen of the country you apply too, though.
  73. Troels on February 21, 2014
    Hi Anne.It states that you have to live in a certain country to be able to work there, but I want to ask in regards to this, since I am in a bit of a grey area. I live in Denmark, but only 1 hour of travel away from the Swedish studio. As a European I am allowed to move and work all around Europe including Sweden due to the open borders of our countries. Would I be rejected even though I work on the same terms as Swedish natives?Thanks in advance
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on February 21, 2014
      Hi Troels, I'm not entirely sure how European residency/citizenship laws work, but if this is something you're passionate about, I recommend applying anyway. Make a strong case for yourself and see what happens.
      • Alexis on February 22, 2014
        I guess ubisoft probably does not discriminate and since most people have to deal with multiple studios and management a job would be awarded on talent and not the area you live in talent can be moved. Within the EU you can work anywhere in the EU without the requirement of a work permit.I would apply and include a covering letter stating your willingness to relocate and why you feel you far exceed other candidates.I am guessing UBI does not want applications where people would not have the right to accept the role. Furthermore in certain countries you can't employ anyone if you can find a local applicant.You will never know If you don't apply.Go for it.
      • mehar bunny on March 22, 2014
        Hello sir/madam, im from india(pune) can i join this program??? Plz its my kind request.
  74. dorababu on February 22, 2014
    we have to pay money for this graduate programme?
  75. Phenom on February 22, 2014
    What about the talent living in countries where Ubisoft doesn't exist?
  76. Alexis on February 22, 2014
    What about graduates who graduated during the years of the economic downturn and despite trying desperately to get into a closed shop industry still have to talent and work ethic to make it happen.
  77. Daniel on February 24, 2014
    Hi Anne,I saw on the website that the location for the Project Management stream only shows "Europe". I live in Canada, but am very very interested in the program and, if accepted, would be willing to relocate. Is it still worth it for me to apply?
  78. sidharth on March 8, 2014
    I am from India can i apply to studio present in other countries?
  79. Susan on March 11, 2014
    Hey Anne, will there be a producing graduate program in Germany? I just want to make sure there is no misunderstanding.The selection process will end in April. When will there be a firm offer, if application was positive?Thanks in regard
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on March 11, 2014
      Hi Susan, I'm not sure which path will be available in the German studio, but you can go ahead and apply anyway! They will start reaching out to the accepted applicants at the end of April.
  80. Jeetu on March 15, 2014
    I am from India and I have completed my Graduation in Software Engineering .. can i apply for this or not ??
  81. Matthieu on March 19, 2014
    Hello, How does the selection process works and when does it start after we applied? Best, Matthieu
  82. Frederik Rubens Mortensen on March 21, 2014
    Dear Ubisoft Nordic,I am writing to you since I have recently applied for my dream job, namely to fill the role as project manager / producer in the graduate program.Instantly I became convinced that Ubisoft and myself are a perfect match for each other. Thus, I applied.However, after applying I have discovered a technical detail which may prevent me from being considered as a relevant candidate. In the Ubiblog here (and only in the Ubiblog) it is stated as follows: "Unfortunately, if you are not from one of the countries that are involved in the Graduate Program you will not be able to apply."In my case, it is my hope that it is clear to the recruitment team that me living in Copenhagen, Denmark only means that I am 35min. away from Massive Entertainment in Malmö, Sweden. In contrast, a person from within Sweden could be at least 4 hours away if from the North.I am very worried since the country variable had to be filled in in a survey manner, meaning that my application will automatically be filtered away.Could I ask you the huge favor of notifying the recruitment responsible about a meaningful exemption from this technicality?You would in that case receive a highly passionate, qualified not to forget grateful employee in return!Kind regards, Frederik Rubens MortensenPS. The reasoning behind the country rule is not one of culture, language, qualification, etc. As I have understood it revolves around being able to relocate quickly enough - which I would not have to.
  83. Lucile on March 29, 2014
    :( I am so sad I just found out about this program today. I'm just feeling like I missed a really good chance to get my dreamed job one day. Will you be giving this program next year too ? Any chance you may accept late applications ?
  84. Luke on April 3, 2014
    This is heart breaking! I've just graduated in Australia with First Class honours in a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree, Bachelor of Arts (International Studies - Japanese), and Diploma of Engineering Practice.This would have been my dream job! haha. Towards the end my six-year combined degree I couldn't help but think that I wanted to change to a degree in game design, software engineering, or programming, but decided to stick it out so that I at least I would have a degree I could use in the meantime.Then this graduate program came along, with the potential for all types of engineering applicants to apply for a project manager/producer role, and I can't apply because the program isn't running in Australia! I felt like all the other criteria were made just for me! haha.And to top it off, even IF the program is run in Australia next year, I won't be eligible because I will have been working for over a year.I must admit I appreciate the crushing irony, but that doesn't stop me from crying intensely inside.Best of luck to all applicants!
    • Luke on April 3, 2014
      Sorry about the double post. I received an error message after the first, so re-commented, then both came up!
  85. Ritwik Sharma on April 14, 2014
    Well I am 17 years old so just give me few years and I can guarantee you that I will be in a ubisoft. it's my dream and I will achieve it no matter what happen. I have already made minigames just have to study to learn more. thank you for your article cause it inspires me. from coolchintu97@gmail.com.Thank you

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