How to apply to Erasmus internships abroad
On this page, you will find out how to apply to Erasmus internships.
Important information about the new guidelines for Erasmus Scholarship 2020/21
Students are allowed to attend exchange studies to the extent that they can be carried out safely with regard to travel restrictions. Furthermore students have to follow the regulations and recommendations of the receiving country and university.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, special rules apply to the Erasmus + scholarship during the autumn term 2020:
Erasmus Scholarship is only granted for physical mobility in the host country. However, there is a possibility to start the mobility through virtual activities, with the aim to combine the online learning/working with a physical mobility abroad at a later date, if and when the situation allows for it.
The European Commission has decided that no scholarship will be paid to participants for the virtual part of mobility. During the virtual period, the participant does not receive a grant. Once the physical mobility period starts, the participant is entitled to get the regular grant for the period abroad.
- Physical mobility = internships at the company in the host country.
- Virtual mobility = online learning/working from Sweden or another country.
Students are not eligible for a scholarship if they only work remotely.
- The virtual/online period and the physical mobility period has be at least 60 days in total.
- The student must inform Student Services about which period of the exchange relates to virtual mobility (start and end date).
- If we receive the information, after the student has received his/her first payment, and the scholarship amount after the adjustment is less than he/she already received, the student may need to repay the difference.
1. Find an internship
When you look for an internship placement, you do so according to the criteria listed below. Also check with your department if they have received any internship opportunities from any companies or organisations, or if they can offer you advice on where to look. You can also look at:
The Student Network’s website serves as a platform for organisations offering internships and for students looking for a placement.
Countries included in the programme
Your internship placement through Erasmus can take place in any of the following countries:
Countries of the European Union*, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Northern Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Turkey and UK.
*Including: Anguilla, Aruba, Ascension, the Azores, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Antarctic Territory, the British Indian Ocean Territory, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curaçao, the Falkland Islands, the French Guiana, the French Polynesia, the French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Mayotte, Montserrat, Madeira, the Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, the Pitcairn Islands, Réunion, Saba, Saint Barthélemy, Sint Eustatius, Saint Martin, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Wallis and Futuna Islands.
All companies or organisations in the public or private sector can be approved as internship hosts. Other approved hosts are embassies, consulates and representations (Swedish included) within the EU and the political parties within the European Parliament.
Foreign Higher Education Institutions may also be hosts, however, the following conditions apply:
- You must either work or collect material for an essay or dissertation during the period.
- You should not be enrolled in courses at the host university (with the exception of practicum internships if this counts as a course at the host university).
- If the internship period is credited, it must be credited as an internship/essay/dissertation/practicum internship, and not as a course.
EU institutions, EU agencies, and organisations dealing with EU programmes, such as the Erasmus+ offices, are not approved as internship hosts. However, the political parties' offices at the European Parliament are not seen as part of the European Parliament and are therefore approved.
If you wish to do your internship in an EU institution, you can do so outside the Erasmus+ programme.
2. Formulate a Learning Agreement
After you have been offered an internship meeting the criteria, you should contact an exchange coordinator at your department for an internship assessment. If they approve the internship conditions on academic grounds, all three parties (you, the department and place of internship) must establish an internship plan by completing and signing a Learning Agreement for Traineeship:
When completed and signed, send your Learning Agreement for Traineeship to the Erasmus officer at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than six weeks before the start of the internship.
3. Complete the application process
Within three working weeks of submitting your Learning Agreement, you will receive a decision from an Erasmus officer if you may proceed with your application. If this has been granted, you will be informed about the next steps. The final steps include, but are not limited to:
- Filling out an online form
- Doing a language test
- Signing a grant agreement
- Registering your bank details
All steps must be completed before you start your internship and you must therefore meet the deadline. Late Learning Agreements for Traineeship will be processed subject to time.
Please note that during the holiday months of summer and Christmas, processing may take slightly more time. Therefore, submit your documents well in advance if you intend to apply for an Erasmus internship scholarship beginning in August/September or January/February.
Last updated: July 3, 2020
Source: Student Services