How to apply for an Erasmus+ internship?

Erasmus+ Internship Experience

Erasmus+ Internship

The Erasmus+ programme gives students in higher education the opportunity to take on an Erasmus+ internship in another European country. This usually lasts between two and twelve months. The programme will give you experience in your chosen field, as well as the experience of working in a different country. You will also develop individual skills, such as fluency in a foreign language. Lastly, you will get a chance to know your host country and its culture.

Important: to go on an Erasmus+ internship abroad you must be registered at an institution of higher education and be studying for a higher qualification (e.g. bachelors, masters or doctoral degrees).

Most of the students think that participating in an Erasmus+ internship is a difficult matter, but we will tell you 4 easy-steps on how to apply for this internship. 

  • The first and the most important step is: Contact your University

    Go to the Erasmus+ office of your University and tell them about your big plan. They will certainly help you and moreover, they will help you with the required documents (which are not difficult as well). You´ll probably need just a few days to finish the whole process of applying for an Erasmus+ internship.

  • Find a receiving enterprise/organisation where your internship will take place. Look for it at ErasmusIntern.org!

  • Documentation

    Here you have the list of documents, which University usually request in order to apply for an Erasmus+ internship. But, some Universities may have different policies, so here you have a standard list of (usually requested) documents:

    Documents before the mobility:

    • Acceptance Letter/ Letter of traineeship – a letter signed by the receiving organization to confirm they will receive the trainee. The document is not obligatory (yet, some universities may require it);
    • Learning agreement for traineeship – this is a document, which defines the learning outcomes for a perfect Erasmus+ internship (example);
    • Grant Agreement – the financial agreement document that will be prepared by the sending institution and signed by the trainee and the host organisation.

    Guidelines on how to use the Learning Agreement for Traineeships

    Documents during the mobility:

    • Arrival letter – a letter signed by the trainee and the receiving organization that confirms the start of your internship (not always requested);
    • Monthly reports – reports explaining the monthly program of the traineeship, and what the trainee has been doing in the past month, signed by the trainee and the mentor in the receiving organization (not always requested);

    Documents after the mobility:

    • The Traineeship certificate – a document signed by the receiving organization that confirms the results of the Erasmus+ internship;
    • The Transcript of Records – an additional document signed by the receiving organization that describes the results of the Erasmus+ internship;

    Finally, your successful completion of the internship will see ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System) added to your academic achievements. Alternatively, they may be included in your Diploma Supplement.

  • Get your flight ticket! You’re on the verge of discovering one of the best experiences of your life!

    Also, take into consideration that if you want to buy a cheap flight ticket, you have to buy it 5 weeks in advance (recommend). Still check the flights and see which is the best option for you.

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