Erasmus+ supports traineeships (work placements, internships) abroad at any workplace for students currently enrolled in higher education institutions in Programme Countries at short-cycle Bachelor and Master level as well as for doctoral candidates. These opportunities are also open to recent graduates.
By doing a traineeship abroad, you can greatly improve your knowledge, skills and competences that employers are looking for. Also, one in ten of Erasmus+ trainees have created their own company!
The Erasmus Intern Traineeship Portal, developed by the Erasmus Student Network, can help you find Erasmus+ traineeships opportunities from companies.
Access to Erasmus+ Online Language Support will help you learn the language used at your workplace.
Benefits for students and recent graduates
- develop entrepreneurial and creative skills highly valued by future employers
- improve foreign language skills, interpersonal and inter-cultural teamwork skills
- gain a deeper understanding of another country and culture
Benefits for companies
- a trainee can provide a new international perspective, innovative ideas and active support
- a trainee brings fresh enthusiasm and increased competitiveness and innovation
- getting trainees' insights into their home culture can open doors to new markets and expand the business
- enhance competences at the company: the trainee learns from employees, but employees can also learn from an international trainee through interaction with different languages and up-to-date IT skills
Companies can post their traineeships offers on the Erasmus Intern Traineeship Portal.
Traineeships abroad can receive Erasmus+ support from 2 to 12 months.
Students and recent graduates can also do a blended mobility, which means combining a short physical stay abroad (between 5 and 30 days) with a virtual period.
Trainees can also combine an Erasmus+ traineeship with a study period abroad.
Erasmus+ traineeships are open to any student enrolled in a higher education institution holding an Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education.
The traineeship must be relevant for the degree-related learning and personal development needs and, wherever possible, be integrated in the study programme.
A traineeship can take place at any organisation located anywhere in the world (with the exception of EU institutions, bodies and agencies).
Erasmus+ grant levels are published in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
How to apply
You can apply through the international or Erasmus+ office of your higher education institution.
Find out more
Make sure you know your rights and obligations when you study or do a traineeship abroad.
Students with further questions about taking part in Erasmus+ should check the frequently asked questions before contacting their institution or their National Agencies for Erasmus+ Programme countries.
You can also download a guide on blended mobility, detailing how higher education institutions can organise blended mobility opportunities for students and staff.