What is an Erasmus traineeship?
An Erasmus+ traineeship allows UK students and recent graduates to carry out a work experience placement in one of 33 countries across Europe, and even beyond, as part of their degree.
Erasmus+ also offers apprenticeships and other vocational training placements across Europe, for UK students of colleges and further education.
Who can I work for?
Who you work for and where you work is fairly flexible.
You can choose to work in most sectors, in private or public companies, schools, trade unions or non-profit organisations.
How long do the traineeships last?
Higher education work placements and internships should last between two and 12 months.
Vocational work placements for college or further education students can include apprenticeships and training placements at other colleges or workplaces. These last from two weeks to 12 months.
Can I apply?
Yes, if you are
- studying for a higher vocational education course, degree, foundation degree or doctorate at a university with an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education; or
- enrolled on a part-time or full-time vocational education course in a further education college or vocational training school; or
- a recent graduate (within one year) of university or VET (vocational education and training) school, including an apprenticeship, so long as you apply before graduating.
You can download a list of institutions with the charter from the European Commission.
How do I find a placement?
Erasmus+ will help provide the funding through your institution, but you must apply for the work placements yourself.
If you’re at university, you should also talk to your Erasmus+ representative, who will be able to help you find a suitable placement.
If you’re studying a vocational course, you could check with your international office, tutor or student services.
Alternatively, you can use your own contacts.
How much will I get paid?
If you’re a higher education student and want to do a traineeship in Europe, you will receive €400 to €450 a month, depending on the country. You can receive more for travelling outside Europe, if your institution takes part in International Credit Mobility. This should help towards living expenses.
There is an additional €20 per month for disadvantaged students on top of this grant amount.
There is also some extra funding available for students with special needs, which you will need to apply for before you go. Please discuss this in more detail with your Erasmus+ contact.
There is no fee for taking part.
Further education and vocational training students may receive a per-day rate.
Which countries can I work in?
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey.
Some students may be able to travel further afield if their university has applied for International Credit Mobility funding. You will need to ask your university Erasmus+ office or representative if this is offered.
Why should I go?
You will gain work experience and discover new countries. You will also improve your language skills and gain credits. You may get paid, as well as receiving a grant.
'This was definitely one of the best experiences in my life, as it helped me build a strong base towards my architectural career and opened up new horizons and opportunities. It completely changed me in a positive way, and made me more self-confident, disciplined and aware that there is so much to explore and discover in this world.'
Filiz Hyuseinova Mehmedova, architecture student at the University of Portsmouth, who carried out a work placement in Istanbul, Turkey.
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. In the UK it is managed by the UK National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK.
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