What's it about?
If you're a higher education student, you could apply for an Erasmus+ grant to carry out a work experience placement in a choice of 32 countries across Europe, and even beyond, as part of your degree.
You get to travel and improve your language skills. You may get paid, you’ll earn credits, and you gain work experience.
Vocational students can also take part, as Erasmus+ offers apprenticeship placements to the students of colleges and further education providers taking part in the programme, across the European Union.
Which countries can I work in?
Erasmus+ grants currently cover 32 countries in Europe (outside the UK):
- Czech Republic
Some students may be able to travel further afield if their university has applied for International Credit Mobility funding.
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. 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 across the 32 countries and can last from two weeks to 12 months.
Erasmus+ will help provide the funding for it, but you have to apply for the work placements yourself. A good place to start your search is Erasmus Intern site, IAESTE, or you could try Erasmus+ or LEO-NET's Job Offer Exchange platform (JOE+). Alternatively, you can use your own contacts, but it’s worth having a chat with the Erasmus+ rep at your institution to find out more options.
How much will I get paid?
If you’re a higher education student eligible for a grant and looking to train in one of the 32 European countries, you can currently receive €380 to €430 a month, depending on the country you visit. This should help cover accommodation and some living expenses.
There is an additional €20 per month for disadvantaged students on top of this grant amount.
There is also some additional funding available for students with special needs, which you will need to apply for before you leave. Again, it’s best discussed in more detail with your Erasmus+ contact.
Universities are able to apply for Erasmus+ funding to support students to study in countries outside Europe, known as 'partner countries'. Eligible students going from the UK to partner countries could receive a monthly grant of €650 and also receive a travel contribution based on the distance they are travelling. Students should first check with their university to find out if this activity is on offer, and then ask for further information from their university’s Erasmus+ office.
Can I apply?
The basic requirement for an Erasmus+ grant is that you are studying for a degree or other tertiary-level qualification (up to and including doctorates) in an institution with an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.
Higher education students, you can take your internship in your first year, provided it fits around your studies.
You can apply even in the year after you’ve graduated, provided you’ve applied before your graduation.
If you are taking a short-term higher vocational educational course, such as a foundation degree course, or you are a part-time student, you can also participate, provided you work full-time during your period abroad.
Vocational students - you can also apply, but you will need your organisation to apply for Erasmus+ funding. The official Erasmus+ site has more information on this.
What does the programme cost?
There is no fee for taking part.
What’s the availability and deadline?
If you’re at university you should talk to your Erasmus+ representative who will be able to offer you help and guidance in finding a suitable placement.
If you’re not at university and studying a vocational course, you could check with your international office, tutor or student services.