Would you like to try working abroad? Would you like to gain work experience that is relevant to your education? If so, an Erasmus traineeship is right for you.

What is an Erasmus+ traineeship?

Erasmus+ is an exchange programme that gives you the chance to go on a placement at a company or organisation in another European country. You receive a grant for a traineeship of two to twelve months. You can also apply for an Erasmus+ traineeship grant if you are planning to write your degree essay at a company in another European country.

What are the application requirements?

To be able to apply for an Erasmus+ traineeship grant you must

  • be registered at a university or university college in Sweden
  • be studying with the intention of completing a degree
  • have organised a traineeship that has been approved by your department (it must be relevant to your education) in one of the 33 countries included in Erasmus+.

How do I apply?

You apply for a grant at the university at which you are studying in Sweden. Talk to your department, the international office or a study guidance counsellor at the university. They can help with your application and provide more information about terms and conditions and the relevant deadlines.

In general, you organise your placement yourself by contacting the company or organisation that interests you. Studera.nu publishes advertisements for available traineeships, see the below link.

The traineeship must be approved by your department.

If you're studying in a teaching programme, you can also apply for teaching assistant positions at schools in other Nordic countries by using a special search engine, see the link below.

Current advertisements for Erasmus+ traineeships (link)

Placements for teaching students in the Nordic region (link)

You can apply for several exchanges within Erasmus+

From the summer 2014 it is possible to apply for and be granted several Erasmus exchanges. However, you may participate in a maximum of 12 months of exchanges (studies and/or placements) per education cycle. I.e. 12 months at Bachelor’s level, 12 months at Master’s level and 12 months at doctoral level.

It is also possible to go on a placement within a year of graduating.

Grant amounts

The total amount of the grant for an Erasmus traineeship varies with the country and the length of the exchange, but is 465 to 525 euro per month. The grant is to cover additional expenses in association with an overseas stay, but it is not fully comprehensive. Any student grant you receive will not be reduced due to an Erasmus grant.

Extra funding for students with disabilities

A great deal is being done through Erasmus+ to make it easier for people with disabilities to participate in exchanges. For example, you can receive help with special transportation, assistance, special materials, etc. Talk to your study guidance counsellor or the disabilities officer at your university for more information and help with your application. You can also read Stockholm University’s website studeramedfunktionshinder.nu

Read more at studeramedfunktionshinder.nu in English

FAQ

These are some of the most common questions and answers about Erasmus+ traineeships. Please talk to your university for more detailed information.

Who do I approach to apply for an Erasmus traineeship grant?

Talk to your study guidance counsellor or the international officer at your department/university.

How much money can I get through the Erasmus programme?

The total varies depending on the country and the length of the exchange, but is between 200 and 500 euro per month.

Is my student grant reduced if I receive an Erasmus grant?

No.

What is the deadline for applying for Erasmus traineeship grants?

Talk to your study guidance counsellor or the Erasmus coordinator at your department or university for more information.

Can I go on placement at a university?

Yes, if it really is a traineeship, not studies. In some cases it is possible to go on a placement at a university library, for example.

Can I participate in an Erasmus exchange more than once?

Yes, from the summer of 2014 it is permitted to participate several times in each activity. There is a maximum participation of 12 months in exchanges (studies and/or placement) per education cycle (12 month for Bachelor’s, 12 months for Master’s and 12 months for doctoral level).

I have a disability. Can I get extra funding for an Erasmus traineeship?

Yes. A lot is being done within Erasmus to make it easier for people with disabilities to participate in exchanges. For example, you can receive help with special transportation, assistance, special materials, etc. Your university can provide more information about what you should do. You can also read Stockholm University’s website studeramedfunktionshinder.nu

Does the Swedish Council for Higher Education help with visa applications?

No. No visa is necessary for your first three months in an EU/EEA country. However, you must apply for a residence permit/visa once you are there if you are planning to stay for longer than three months. These are often valid for up to a year. The visa application process differs between countries and also depends on whether or not the country is part of the Schengen Area or not. You must apply for a visa for Turkey before departure. Talk to the Erasmus coordinator at your university for advice, or read more at www.study-in-europe.org

Can anyone travel abroad through Erasmus?

There are no citizenship requirements for participating in Erasmus, but you must be registered at a Swedish university. You must also have studied at least one year in higher education prior to your exchange (applies to studying as part of Erasmus). Ask the study guidance counsellor at your department about what opportunities are available to you.

Can I receive credits for an Erasmus traineeship?

In some cases it is possible to have the traineeship transferred as credits. If this is not possible in your case, you are entitled to have the traineeship included in your Diploma Supplement. For more information, talk to the study guidance counsellor at your department or the international office at your university.

Page last updated 2015-07-02